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CenterPoint Energy Reports Strong Q3 Results, Raises Full Year 2023 Guidance and Capital Plan, and Initiates 2024 Guidance

  • Reported GAAP earnings and non-GAAP earnings of $0.40 per diluted share for Q3 2023

  • Increased non-GAAP EPS guidance range for 2023 from $1.48-$1.50 to $1.49-$1.51 which now represents a 9% growth target at the midpoint over 2022 actual results; expected to be the third consecutive year of 9% growth1

  • Increased 10-year capital plan to $43.9 billion, a $500 million increase through 2030 which includes an increase of $200 million in 2023 and $300 million in 2024 and 2025

  • Initiated 2024 non-GAAP EPS guidance range of $1.61-$1.63, which represents an 8% growth over the increased 2023 midpoint and further maintains growth targets of 8% for 2024 and the mid-to-high end of 6%-8% annually thereafter through 20301

HOUSTON, October 26, 2023--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CenterPoint Energy, Inc. (NYSE: CNP) or "CenterPoint" today reported income available to common shareholders of $256 million, or $0.40 per diluted share on a GAAP basis for the third quarter of 2023.

Non-GAAP EPS for the third quarter 2023 was also $0.40, a 25% increase to the comparable quarter of 2022. These strong third quarter results were primarily driven by growth and regulatory recovery, which contributed $0.09 per share of favorability, and weather, which contributed another $0.05 per share of favorability as compared to the third quarter of 2022. These drivers were partially offset by an unfavorable variance of $0.08 per share attributable to increased interest expense over the comparable quarter of 2022.

"This quarter is another great example of this management team meeting or exceeding expectations while continuing to demonstrate that there’s still potential for additional incremental earnings power," said Dave Lesar, CEO of CenterPoint. "Heading into the final quarter of 2023 and looking to 2024, we are anticipating continued headwinds of higher interest rates and persistent inflation but will continue to manage through these conditions, targeting an earnings growth rate that is amongst the top in the sector. This includes an 8% non-GAAP EPS growth target for 2024, and mid-to-high end of 6-8% growth target annually thereafter through 2030."

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1 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 ZENS (as defined herein) 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.

"Given the extreme weather conditions causing significant stress on our system, especially in our Houston Electric service territory, our team did a tremendous job of keeping the power flowing for our customers," said Lesar. "We understand that it’s a privilege to serve such a vital role in our communities and it’s certainly not one we take lightly."

Lesar added, "We are pleased to announce yet another increase to our customer-driven 10-year capital plan by an incremental $500 million through 2030. This will include approximately $200 million in 2023 and approximately $300 million in 2024 and 2025. As stated in prior quarters, we will incorporate incremental capital when we believe we can operationally execute it, efficiently fund it, and effectively recover it. Our focus continues to be on delivering industry leading growth each and every year, while over-delivering for our customers, investors, and other stakeholders."

Earnings Outlook

Given CenterPoint’s divestiture of its remaining midstream investments during 2022, CenterPoint will be presenting a consolidated non-GAAP EPS guidance range for 2023.

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; 2023 and 2024 non-GAAP EPS guidance range

Beginning in 2022, CenterPoint no longer separated utility and midstream operations and reported on a consolidated non-GAAP EPS basis.

  • 2022 non-GAAP EPS excluded:

    • Earnings or losses from the change in value of ZENS and related securities;

    • Gain and impact, including related expenses, associated with Arkansas and Oklahoma gas LDC sales

    • 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 2023 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.

In providing 2023 non-GAAP EPS and 2023 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 2023 and 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 2023 and/or 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 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.

Reconciliation of Consolidated income (loss) available to common shareholders and diluted earnings (loss) per share (GAAP) to non-GAAP income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

Quarter Ended

September 30, 2023

Dollars in millions

Diluted EPS (1)

Consolidated income (loss) available to common shareholders and diluted EPS

$

256

$

0.40

ZENS-related mark-to-market (gains) losses:

Equity securities (net of taxes of $10) (2)(3)

(39

)

(0.06

)

Indexed debt securities (net of taxes of $10) (2)

37

0.06

Impacts associated with mergers and divestitures (net of taxes of $0) (2)

2

-

Consolidated on a non-GAAP basis

$

256

$

0.40

1)

Quarterly diluted EPS on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis are based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the quarter, and the sum of the quarters may not equal year-to-date diluted EPS.

2)

Taxes are computed based on the impact removing such item would have on tax expense. Taxes related to the operating results of Energy Systems Group, as well as cash taxes payable and other tax impacts related to the sale of Energy Systems Group in the second quarter of 2023, are excluded from non-GAAP EPS.

3)

Comprised of common stock of AT&T Inc., Charter Communications, Inc. and Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.

Reconciliation of Consolidated income (loss) available to common shareholders and diluted earnings (loss) per share (GAAP) to non-GAAP income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

Quarter Ended

September 30, 2022

Dollars in millions

Diluted EPS (1)

Consolidated income (loss) available to common shareholders and diluted EPS

$

189

$

0.30

ZENS-related mark-to-market (gains) losses:

Equity securities (net of taxes of $43) (2)(3)

163

0.25

Indexed debt securities (net of taxes of $44) (2)(4)

(166

)

(0.26

)

Midstream-related earnings (net of taxes of $1) (2)(4)

(1

)

-

Impacts associated with mergers and divestitures (net of taxes of $20) (2)

21

0.03

Consolidated on a non-GAAP basis

$

206

$

0.32

1)

Quarterly diluted EPS on both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis are based on the weighted average number of shares of common stock outstanding during the quarter, and the sum of the quarters may not equal year-to-date diluted EPS.

2)

Taxes are computed based on the impact removing such item would have on tax expense.

3)

Comprised of common stock of AT&T Inc., Charter Communications, Inc. and Warner Bros. Discovery, Inc.

4)

Includes earnings and expenses related to ownership and disposal of Energy Transfer units, a corresponding amount of debt related to the units and an allocation of associated corporate overhead.

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 September 30, 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 October 26, 2023, 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 September 30, 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.

Forward-looking Statements

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, 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, 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, ESG 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, including the internal restructuring of certain subsidiaries, joint ventures and acquisitions or dispositions of assets or businesses, including the completed sales of our Natural Gas businesses in Arkansas and Oklahoma, and Energy Systems Group, LLC, and the exit from midstream, 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, 2022 and CenterPoint’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended March 31, 2023, June 30, 2023, and September 30, 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.

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Contacts

Media:
Communications
Media.Relations@CenterPointEnergy.com

Investors:
Jackie Richert / Ben Vallejo
Phone 713.207.6500

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