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Edison International Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

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  • First Quarter 2021 GAAP EPS of $0.68; Core EPS of $0.79

  • SCE continues to upgrade its infrastructure and invest in new technologies to prevent wildfires

Edison International (NYSE: EIX) today reported first quarter 2021 net income of $259 million, or $0.68 per share, compared to net income of $183 million, or $0.50 per share, in the first quarter 2020. As adjusted, first quarter 2021 core earnings were $301 million, or $0.79 per share, compared to core earnings of $228 million, or $0.63 per share, in the first quarter 2020.

Southern California Edison's (SCE) first quarter 2021 core earnings per share (EPS) increased year-over-year primarily due to lower expenses related to wildfire mitigation activities and employee benefits. Wildfire mitigation expenses were lower in the first quarter primarily because fewer remediations were identified through the inspection process. These were partially offset by the increase in shares outstanding mainly associated with the equity offering in May 2020.

Edison International Parent and Other's first quarter 2021 loss per share of $0.10 was unchanged compared to first quarter 2020.

"SCE continues to invest in its infrastructure and new technologies to reduce the risk of fires associated with electric infrastructure, increase accuracy in fire weather forecasting, enhance its operational practices, and improve its Public Safety Power Shutoff program," said Pedro J. Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International. "The utility is accelerating the pace of covered conductor deployment and by year-end expects to have hardened over 25% of all its overhead distribution infrastructure in high fire risk areas and substantially reduced the risk of wildfires associated with utility equipment."

Pizarro added, "Looking ahead, a successful transition to a clean energy economy will place greater demands on electrical infrastructure and require significant incremental investments. As highlighted in SCE’s Pathway 2045 analysis, the least expensive way to achieve economywide decarbonization is through an equitable clean energy future with increasing amounts of carbon-free generation powering the further electrification of the economy."

Edison International uses core earnings, which is a non-GAAP financial measure that adjusts for significant discrete items that management does not consider representative of ongoing earnings. Edison International management believes that core earnings provide more meaningful comparisons of performance from period to period. Please see the attached tables for a reconciliation of core earnings to basic GAAP earnings.

2021 Earnings Guidance

Edison International will provide 2021 earnings guidance after a final decision has been adopted by the CPUC on the Southern California Edison 2021 GRC, consistent with the company's prior practice.

First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast Details

When:

Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 1:30 p.m. (Pacific Time)

Telephone Numbers:

1-888-673-9780 (US) and 1-312-470-0178 (Int'l) - Passcode: Edison

Telephone Replay:

1-800-944-9092 (US) and 1-203-369-3943 (Int’l) - Passcode: 3495

Telephone replay available through May 11, 2021

Webcast:

www.edisoninvestor.com

Edison International has posted its earnings conference call prepared remarks by the CEO and CFO, the teleconference presentation, and Form 10-Q to the company's investor relations website. These materials are available at www.edisoninvestor.com.

About Edison International

Edison International (NYSE: EIX) is one of the nation’s largest electric utility holding companies, providing clean and reliable energy and energy services through its independent companies. Headquartered in Rosemead, California, Edison International is the parent company of Southern California Edison Company, a utility that delivers electricity to 15 million people across Southern, Central and Coastal California. Edison International is also the parent company of Edison Energy, a global energy advisory company delivering comprehensive, data-driven energy solutions to commercial and industrial users to meet their cost, sustainability and risk goals.

Appendix

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Edison International’s earnings are prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles used in the United States and represent the company’s earnings as reported to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Our management uses core earnings and core earnings per share (EPS) internally for financial planning and for analysis of performance of Edison International and Southern California Edison. We also use core earnings and core EPS when communicating with analysts and investors regarding our earnings results to facilitate comparisons of the Company’s performance from period to period. Financial measures referred to as net income, basic EPS, core earnings, or core EPS also apply to the description of earnings or earnings per share.

Core earnings and core EPS are non-GAAP financial measures and may not be comparable to those of other companies. Core earnings and core EPS are defined as basic earnings and basic EPS excluding income or loss from discontinued operations and income or loss from significant discrete items that management does not consider representative of ongoing earnings. Basic earnings and losses refer to net income or losses attributable to Edison International shareholders. Core earnings are reconciled to basic earnings in the attached tables. The impact of participating securities (vested awards that earn dividend equivalents that may participate in undistributed earnings with common stock) for the principal operating subsidiary is not material to the principal operating subsidiary’s EPS and is therefore reflected in the results of the Edison International holding company, which is included in Edison International Parent and Other.

Safe Harbor Statement

Statements contained in this presentation about future performance, including, without limitation, operating results, capital expenditures, rate base growth, dividend policy, financial outlook, and other statements that are not purely historical, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations; however, such statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from current expectations. These forward-looking statements represent our expectations only as of the date of this presentation, and Edison International assumes no duty to update them to reflect new information, events or circumstances. Important factors that could cause different results include, but are not limited to the:

  • ability of SCE to recover its costs through regulated rates, including uninsured wildfire-related and debris flow-related costs, costs incurred to mitigate the risk of utility equipment causing future wildfires, costs incurred to implement SCE's new customer service system and costs incurred as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic;

  • ability of SCE to implement its Wildfire Mitigation Plan;

  • risks of regulatory or legislative restrictions that would limit SCE’s ability to implement Public Safety Power Shutoff ("PSPS") when conditions warrant or would otherwise limit SCE’s operational PSPS practices;

  • risks associated with implementing PSPS, including regulatory fines and penalties, claims for damages and reputational harm;

  • ability of SCE to maintain a valid safety certification;

  • ability to obtain sufficient insurance at a reasonable cost, including insurance relating to SCE's nuclear facilities and wildfire-related claims, and to recover the costs of such insurance or, in the event liabilities exceed insured amounts, the ability to recover uninsured losses from customers or other parties;

  • extreme weather-related incidents (including events caused, or exacerbated, by climate change, such as wildfires, debris flows, high wind events and extreme heat events) and other natural disasters (such as earthquakes), which could cause, among other things, public safety issues, property damage, operational issues (such as rotating outages and issues due to damaged infrastructure), PSPS activations and unanticipated costs;

  • risks associated with California Assembly Bill 1054 ("AB 1054") effectively mitigating the significant risk faced by California investor-owned utilities related to liability for damages arising from catastrophic wildfires where utility facilities are alleged to be a substantial cause, including the longevity of the Wildfire Insurance Fund and the CPUC's interpretation of and actions under AB 1054, including its interpretation of the new prudency standard established under AB 1054;

  • decisions and other actions by the California Public Utilities Commission, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission and other governmental authorities, including decisions and actions related to nationwide or statewide crisis, determinations of authorized rates of return or return on equity, the recoverability of wildfire-related and debris-flow-related costs, issuance of SCE's wildfire safety certification, wildfire mitigation efforts, and delays in executive, regulatory and legislative actions;

  • ability of Edison International or SCE to borrow funds and access bank and capital markets on reasonable terms;

  • risks associated with the decommissioning of San Onofre, including those related to worker and public safety, public opposition, permitting, governmental approvals, on-site storage of spent nuclear fuel, delays, contractual disputes, and cost overruns;

  • pandemics, such as COVID-19, and other events that cause regional, statewide, national or global disruption, which could impact, among other things, Edison International's and SCE's business, operations, cash flows, liquidity and/or financial results and cause Edison International and SCE to incur unanticipated costs;

  • physical security of Edison International's and SCE's critical assets and personnel and the cybersecurity of Edison International's and SCE's critical information technology systems for grid control, and business, employee and customer data;

  • risks associated with cost allocation resulting in higher rates for utility bundled service customers because of possible customer bypass or departure for other electricity providers such as Community Choice Aggregators ("CCA," which are cities, counties, and certain other public agencies with the authority to generate and/or purchase electricity for their local residents and businesses) and Electric Service Providers (entities that offer electric power and ancillary services to retail customers, other than electrical corporations (like SCE) and CCAs);

  • risks inherent in SCE's transmission and distribution infrastructure investment program, including those related to project site identification, public opposition, environmental mitigation, construction, permitting, power curtailment costs (payments due under power contracts in the event there is insufficient transmission to enable acceptance of power delivery), changes in the California Independent System Operator’s transmission plans, and governmental approvals; and

  • risks associated with the operation of transmission and distribution assets and power generating facilities, including worker and public safety issues, the risk of utility assets causing or contributing to wildfires, failure, availability, efficiency, and output of equipment and facilities, and availability and cost of spare parts.

Additional information about risks and uncertainties, including more detail about the factors described in this report, is contained throughout this report and in the 2020 Form 10-K, including the "Risk Factors" section. Readers are urged to read this entire report, including information incorporated by reference, as well as the 2020 Form 10-K, and carefully consider the risks, uncertainties, and other factors that affect Edison International's and SCE's businesses. Edison International and SCE post or provide direct links (i) to certain SCE and other parties' regulatory filings and documents with the CPUC and the FERC and certain agency rulings and notices in open proceedings in a section titled "SCE Regulatory Highlights," (ii) to certain documents and information related to Southern California wildfires which may be of interest to investors in a section titled "Southern California Wildfires," and (iii) to presentations, documents and other information that may be of interest to investors in a section title "Presentations" at www.edisoninvestor.com in order to publicly disseminate such information.

These forward-looking statements represent our expectations only as of the date of this news release, and Edison International assumes no duty to update them to reflect new information, events or circumstances. Readers should review future reports filed by Edison International and SCE with the SEC.

First Quarter Reconciliation of Basic Earnings Per Share to Core Earnings Per Share

Three months ended

March 31,

2021

2020

Change

Earnings (loss) per share attributable to Edison International

Continuing operations

SCE

$

0.78

$

0.60

$

0.18

Edison International Parent and Other

(0.10

)

(0.10

)

Edison International

0.68

0.50

0.18

Less: Non-core items

SCE

(0.11

)

(0.12

)

0.01

Edison International Parent and Other

(0.01

)

0.01

Total non-core items

(0.11

)

(0.13

)

0.02

Core earnings (losses)

SCE

0.89

0.72

0.17

Edison International Parent and Other

(0.10

)

(0.09

)

(0.01

)

Edison International

$

0.79

$

0.63

$

0.16

Note: Diluted earnings were $0.68 and $0.50 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

First Quarter Reconciliation of Basic Earnings Per Share to Core Earnings (in millions)

Three months ended

March 31,

(in millions)

2021

2020

Change

Net income (loss) attributable to Edison International

Continuing operations

SCE

$

296

$

219

$

77

Edison International Parent and Other

(37

)

(36

)

(1

)

Edison International

259

183

76

Less: Non-core items

SCE1,2,3

(42

)

(42

)

Edison International Parent and Other3

(3

)

3

Total non-core items

(42

)

(45

)

3

Core earnings (losses)

SCE

338

261

77

Edison International Parent and Other

(37

)

(33

)

(4

)

Edison International

$

301

$

228

$

73

1

Includes charges of $53 million ($38 million after-tax) and $84 million ($60 million after-tax) for the quarter-ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, from the amortization of SCE's contributions to the Wildfire Insurance Fund.

2

Includes a charge of $5 million ($4 million after-tax) for the quarter-ended March 31, 2021 for SCE's 2017/2018 Wildfire/Mudslide Events expenses.

3

Includes income tax benefit of $18 million and income tax expense of $3 million recorded in the first quarter of 2020 for SCE and Edison International Parent and Other, respectively, due to re-measurement of uncertain tax positions related to the 2010 – 2012 California state tax filings currently under audit.

Consolidated Statements of Income

Edison International

Three months ended

March 31,

(in millions, except per-share amounts, unaudited)

2021

2020

Total operating revenue

$

2,960

$

2,790

Purchased power and fuel

1,013

928

Operation and maintenance

844

881

Wildfire Insurance Fund expense

53

84

Depreciation and amortization

525

484

Property and other taxes

126

111

Total operating expenses

2,561

2,488

Operating income

399

302

Interest expense

(217

)

(225

)

Other income

72

52

Income before income taxes

254

129

Income tax benefit

(36

)

(84

)

Net income

290

213

Preferred and preference stock dividend requirements of SCE

27

30

Preferred stock dividend requirement of Edison International

4

Net income attributable to Edison International common shareholders

$

259

$

183

Basic earnings per share:

Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding

379

363

Basic earnings per common share attributable to Edison International common shareholders

$

0.68

$

0.50

Diluted earnings per share:

Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding, including effect of dilutive securities

380

364

Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Edison International common shareholders

$

0.68

$

0.50

Consolidated Balance Sheets

Edison International

March 31,

December 31,

(in millions, unaudited)

2021

2020

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$

389

$

87

Receivables, less allowances of $226 and $188 for uncollectible accounts at respective dates

1,093

1,130

Accrued unbilled revenue

673

521

Insurance receivable

603

708

Income tax receivables

68

Inventory

416

405

Prepaid expenses

163

281

Regulatory assets

1,578

1,314

Wildfire Insurance Fund contributions

204

323

Other current assets

209

224

Total current assets

5,328

5,061

Nuclear decommissioning trusts

4,763

4,833

Other investments

59

53

Total investments

4,822

4,886

Utility property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation and amortization of $10,827 and $10,681 at respective dates

48,097

47,653

Nonutility property, plant and equipment, less accumulated depreciation of $96 and $94 at respective dates

187

186

Total property, plant and equipment

48,284

47,839

Regulatory assets (includes $331 at 2021 related to Variable Interest Entities "VIEs")

7,543

7,120

Wildfire Insurance Fund contributions

2,512

2,443

Operating lease right-of-use assets

1,071

1,088

Long-term insurance receivable

75

75

Other long-term assets

870

860

Total long-term assets

12,071

11,586

Total assets

$

70,505

$

69,372

Consolidated Balance Sheets

Edison International

March 31,

December 31,

(in millions, except share amounts, unaudited)

2021

2020

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Short-term debt

$

2,520

$

2,398

Current portion of long-term debt

909

1,029

Accounts payable

1,602

1,980

Wildfire-related claims

1,812

2,231

Customer deposits

225

243

Regulatory liabilities

524

569

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

215

215

Other current liabilities

1,690

1,612

Total current liabilities

9,497

10,277

Long-term debt (Includes $327 at 2021 related to VIEs)

20,165

19,632

Deferred income taxes and credits

5,474

5,368

Pensions and benefits

554

563

Asset retirement obligations

2,902

2,930

Regulatory liabilities

8,881

8,589

Operating lease liabilities

856

873

Wildfire-related claims

2,082

2,281

Other deferred credits and other long-term liabilities

2,871

2,910

Total deferred credits and other liabilities

23,620

23,514

Total liabilities

53,282

53,423

Commitments and contingencies

Preferred stock (50,000,000 shares authorized; 1,250,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2021)

1,237

Common stock, no par value (800,000,000 shares authorized; 379,433,168 and 378,907,147 shares issued and outstanding at respective dates)

5,989

5,962

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(67

)

(69

)

Retained earnings

8,163

8,155

Total Edison International's shareholders' equity

15,322

14,048

Noncontrolling interests – preference stock of SCE

1,901

1,901

Total equity

17,223

15,949

Total liabilities and equity

$

70,505

$

69,372

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Edison International

Three months ended March 31,

(in millions, unaudited)

2021

2020

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$

290

$

213

Adjustments to reconcile to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

542

501

Allowance for equity during construction

(35

)

(21

)

Deferred income taxes

(37

)

(58

)

Wildfire Insurance Fund amortization expense

53

84

Other

11

23

Nuclear decommissioning trusts

(52

)

14

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Receivables

15

(30

)

Inventory

(12

)

1

Accounts payable

(151

)

(129

)

Tax receivables and payables

178

31

Other current assets and liabilities

(168

)

41

Regulatory assets and liabilities, net

(70

)

(372

)

Wildfire-related insurance receivable

105

58

Wildfire-related claims

(618

)

Other noncurrent assets and liabilities

21

(41

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

72

315

Cash flows from financing activities:

Long-term debt issued, plus premium and net of discount and issuance costs of $(15) and $19 for the respective periods

1,223

1,719

Long-term debt repaid

(490

)

(40

)

Short-term debt borrowed

305

1,275

Short-term debt repaid

(327

)

Common stock issued

15

74

Preferred stock issued, net

1,237

Commercial paper repayment, net of borrowing

(180

)

(550

)

Dividends and distribution to noncontrolling interests

(32

)

(36

)

Dividends paid

(247

)

(226

)

Other

7

15

Net cash provided by financing activities

1,511

2,231

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(1,358

)

(1,268

)

Proceeds from sale of nuclear decommissioning trust investments

1,270

1,407

Purchases of nuclear decommissioning trust investments

(1,218

)

(1,421

)

Other

24

4

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,282

)

(1,278

)

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

301

1,268

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

89

70

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

390

$

1,338

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