|Bid||25.51 x 800|
|Ask||25.94 x 800|
|Day's Range||25.32 - 26.05|
|52 Week Range||18.24 - 30.25|
|Beta (5Y Monthly)||0.91|
|PE Ratio (TTM)||16.00|
|Earnings Date||May 04, 2021 - May 10, 2021|
|Forward Dividend & Yield||1.21 (4.72%)|
|Ex-Dividend Date||Mar 16, 2021|
|1y Target Est||28.33|
SJI earnings call for the period ending December 31, 2020.
NEW YORK, NY / ACCESSWIRE / February 25, 2021 / South Jersey Industries, Inc. (NYSE:SJI) will be discussing their earnings results in their 2020 Fourth Quarter Earnings call to be held on February 25, 2021 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time.
Announces Renewable Natural Gas InvestmentFOLSOM, NJ, Feb. 24, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Investor Contact:Daniel Fidell609-561-9000 email@example.com Media Contact:Dominick DiRocco609-561-9000 firstname.lastname@example.org SJI Reports 2020 Financial ResultsAnnounces Renewable Natural Gas Investment FOLSOM, NJ (February 24, 2021) - SJI (NYSE: SJI) today reported operating results for its 2020 full year and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2020. Highlights include: 2020 GAAP earnings of $1.62 per diluted share compared to $0.84 per diluted share in 20192020 Economic Earnings* of $1.68 per diluted share compared to $1.12 per diluted share in 20192020 GAAP/Economic Earnings include $0.13 per diluted share in nonrecurring items — adjustments for certain tax benefits ($.07), adjustments to SJG's rate design ($.03) and pipeline supplier refunds ($.03)Significant improvement in 2020 financial results, despite historic challenge of COVID pandemic, driven by increased profitability from Utility and Non-Utility operations2020 highlights include positive resolution of SJG base rate case, targeted clean energy investment in support of regional goals, and regulatory proposals in support of safety and reliability, energy efficiency, decarbonization and job creationDividend increased to indicated annual $1.21 per share, reflecting 22 consecutive years of rising dividendsConsistent with SJI's decarbonization commitment, we have acquired a minority interest in REV LNG, LLC - a company specializing in the development, production and transportation of renewable natural gas (RNG), liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas — along with the rights to develop anaerobic digesters at a portfolio of dairy farms to produce RNG (see pg. 6 for additional details)Financial growth outlook for 2021 and beyond to be outlined at Virtual Investor Day in May "We are pleased to report solid growth in 2020 economic earnings despite one of the most challenging years in the history of our country" said Michael Renna, SJI President and Chief Executive Officer. "With the unyielding commitment of our dedicated and talented employees, we successfully executed our mission to provide safe, reliable and affordable natural gas to more than 700,000 customers across New Jersey while achieving significant progress to becoming a 21st century infrastructure company delivering the clean energy of the future. Our investment in REV, as well as pending regulatory proposals in support of accelerated infrastructure modernization and energy efficiency, are expected to positively impact our financial metrics and advance our decarbonization goals. We are currently incorporating these investments and initiatives into our plans and look forward to sharing our vision for the future with you at our upcoming Investor Day in May," added Renna. Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2020 Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019 GAAPGAAPEconomic Economic GAAPGAAPEconomic Economic EarningsEPSEarningsEPS EarningsEPSEarningsEPSUtility $156.1 $1.61 $157.3 $1.62 $122.2 $1.33 $122.2 $1.33 Non-Utility $45.9 $0.47 $45.9 $0.47 $(3.2)$(0.03)$13.8 $0.15 Other $(44.7)$(0.46)$(40.3)$(0.42) $(41.8)$(0.45)$(33.0)$(0.36)Total - Continuing Ops $157.3 $1.62 $163.0 $1.68 $77.2 $0.84 $103.0 $1.12 Average Diluted Shares 97.0 97.0 92.3 92.3 *Non-GAAP, see "Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures." Note: Earnings and average shares outstanding are in millions. Amounts and/or EPS may not add due to rounding. 2020 Results For the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2020, SJI reported consolidated GAAP earnings of $157.3 million compared to $77.2 million in the prior year period. SJI uses the non-GAAP measure of economic earnings when discussing results. We believe this presentation provides clarity into the continuing earnings of our business. A full explanation and reconciliation of economic earnings is provided under “Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” later in this report and in our 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2020. For the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2020, economic earnings were $163.0 million compared to $103.0 million last year. UTILITY Utility entities include South Jersey Gas (SJG), Elizabethtown Gas (ETG) and Elkton Gas (ELK). 2020 GAAP earnings were $156.1 million compared with $122.2 million in 2019. 2020 economic earnings were $157.3 million compared with $122.2 million in 2019. South Jersey Gas Performance. 2020 GAAP earnings were $108.1 million compared with $87.4 million in 2019. 2020 economic earnings were $109.3 million compared with $87.4 million in 2019. Utility margin increased $30.2 million, reflecting rate relief effective October 1, 2020, customer growth and the roll-in of investments from infrastructure replacement programs. We define utility margin, a non-GAAP measure, as natural gas revenues plus depreciation and amortization expenses, less natural gas costs, regulatory rider expenses and related volumetric and revenue-based energy taxes. Total expenses increased $8.3 million, primarily reflecting higher operation, depreciation and interest expense. Customer Growth. SJG added approximately 7,800 new customers over the last 12 months and now serves approximately 405,000 customers. SJG’s 1.9% customer growth rate compares favorably to our peers and remains driven by gas conversions (~70% of new customer additions) from alternate fuels such as oil and propane. Infrastructure Modernization. Through infrastructure replacement programs, SJG enhances the safety and reliability of our system while earning our authorized utility return on approved investments in a timely manner. SJG's Accelerated Infrastructure Replacement Program (AIRP) authorizes investment of $302.5 million from 2016-2021 for important infrastructure replacement upgrades. Our most recent annual investment of approximately $60 million from July 2019 to June 2020 was rolled into rates on October 1, 2020. SJG's Storm Hardening and Reliability Program (SHARP) authorizes investment of $100 million from 2018-2021 for four projects to enhance the safety, redundancy and resiliency of the distribution system along our coastal communities. Our most recent annual investment of approximately $30 million from July 2019 to June 2020 was rolled into rates on October 1, 2020. Regulatory Initiatives. SJG has filings pending before the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (NJBPU) in support of enhanced energy efficiency, infrastructure modernization and redundancy, described in greater detail below. Energy Efficiency. In September 2020, SJG filed a request with the NJBPU seeking to expand the company’s energy efficiency programs for three years, beginning in July 2021, with proposed investments totaling approximately $167 million. Since 2009, SJG has invested more than $110 million in energy efficiency programs. SJG’s filing represents a commitment to the State’s climate priorities, advancing New Jersey’s clean energy goals in a manner that will benefit customers, the environment and the State’s green economy. The implementation of the proposed program is expected to result in more than $200 million in customer bill savings, over 480,000 tons in avoided CO2 emissions and the creation of nearly 3,000 jobs over three years. A resolution of the filing from the NJBPU is expected in Q2 2021. Infrastructure Modernization. For many years, SJG has made considerable investments to modernize its natural gas systems through its current infrastructure programs (AIRP/SHARP), which are expected to be completed in the first half of 2021. In November 2020, SJG filed a request with the NJBPU seeking approval of an Infrastructure Investment Program (IIP) that would accelerate planned capital expenditures to enhance the delivery of safe, reliable, affordable natural gas, create jobs, and support the State’s environmental goals. Under the proposed five-year program, beginning in June 2021, SJG will invest approximately $742.5 million to replace 825 miles of aging steel mains and install excess flow valves on new service lines. These enhancements ensure the continued safety and reliability of the SJG system. A resolution of the filing from the NJBPU is expected in Q2 2021.Redundancy. SJG has submitted an engineering and route proposal to the NJBPU for approval to construct needed system upgrades in support of a planned 2.0+ Bcf liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility. Discussions with the NJBPU surrounding this important project continue to progress. We also continue to explore system alternatives that will allow for a secondary supply of gas needed to create reliability and resiliency for approximately 140,000 customers in Atlantic and Cape May counties. Elizabethtown Gas Performance. 2020 GAAP/economic earnings were $47.7 million compared with $34.2 million in 2019. Utility margin, as previously defined, increased $36.5 million primarily due to rate relief effective November 15, 2019, customer growth and the roll-in of investments from infrastructure replacement programs. ETG's rate case settlement authorized a $34 million rate increase based on a 9.6% return on equity and 51.5% equity component. Total expenses increased $23.0 million, primarily reflecting higher operation, depreciation and interest expense. Customer Growth. ETG added approximately 4,400 new customers over the last 12 months and now serves approximately 302,000 customers. ETG’s 1.5% customer growth rate has increased from its historic 0.9% rate, driven by increases in new construction and gas conversions from alternate fuels such as oil and propane. Infrastructure Modernization. ETG's Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP) authorizes investment of $300 million from 2019-2024 for important infrastructure upgrades including the replacement of up to 250 miles of cast iron and bare steel mains. Our investment of approximately $60 million from July 2019 to June 2020 was rolled into rates on October 1, 2020. Regulatory Initiatives. ETG has filings pending before the NJBPU in support of enhanced energy efficiency and conservation, described in greater detail below. Energy Efficiency. In September 2020, ETG filed a request with the NJBPU seeking to expand the company’s energy efficiency programs for three years, beginning in July 2021, with proposed investments totaling approximately $100 million. ETG's filing represents the company’s commitment to the State’s climate priorities, advancing New Jersey’s clean energy goals in a manner that will benefit customers, the environment and the State’s green economy. The implementation of the proposed program is expected to result in more than $185 million in customer bill savings, over 575,000 tons in avoided CO2 emissions and the creation of more than 2,000 jobs over 3-years. A resolution of the filing from the NJBPU is expected in Q2 2021.Conservation Incentive Program. In tandem with its Energy Efficiency filing, ETG has proposed a Conservation Incentive Program (CIP) that eliminates the link between usage and margin, putting ETG in a stronger position to help customers manage their energy bills. Gas utilities in New Jersey, including SJG, have successfully executed CIP programs for many years. A resolution of the filing from the NJBPU is expected in Q2 2021. Elkton Gas Performance. 2020 GAAP/economic earnings were $0.3 million compared with $0.6 million in 2019. In December 2019, SJI announced the sale of ELK to Chesapeake Utilities for $15.6 million in cash, including working capital. The transaction was completed on July 31, 2020 following receipt of Maryland Public Service Commission approval. NON-UTILITY Non-Utility entities include Energy Group, Energy Services and Midstream. 2020 GAAP earnings were $45.9 million compared with $(3.2) million in 2019. 2020 economic earnings were $45.9 million compared with $13.8 million in 2019. Energy Group Performance. Energy Group primarily includes wholesale gas operations engaged in fuel supply management and commodity marketing. 2020 GAAP earnings were $24.6 million compared with $(0.7) million in 2019. 2020 economic earnings were $23.8 million compared with $9.5 million in 2019. Fuel Supply Management 2020 GAAP/economic earnings were $14.2 million compared with $10.9 million in 2019, reflecting new contracts that became operational over the last 12 months and increased volumes. As of December 31, 2020, SJI had nine fuel supply management transactions under contract and operational.Wholesale Marketing/Other 2020 GAAP earnings were $10.4 million compared with $(11.6) million in 2019. 2020 economic earnings were $9.6 million compared with $(1.4) million in 2019. Improved results primarily reflect improved asset optimization opportunities and a reshaped portfolio, as well as $2.8 million in pipeline supplier refunds. Energy Services Performance. Energy Services primarily includes energy production operations and account services. 2020 GAAP earnings were $17.1 million compared with $(6.7) million in 2019. 2020 economic earnings were $18.0 million compared with $0.1 million in 2019. Energy Production 2020 GAAP earnings were $14.9 million compared with $(9.2) million in 2019. 2020 economic earnings were $15.7 million compared with $(2.4) million in 2019, primarily reflecting the recognition of investment tax credits (ITC's) related to Fuel Cell and Solar acquisitions that commenced operation in 2020.Account Services 2020 GAAP/economic earnings were $2.2 million compared with $2.5 million in 2019, reflecting joint venture meter reading and appliance service contract fees. Midstream Performance. Midstream includes our 20% equity investment in the PennEast Pipeline (PennEast), a planned 1-Bcf interstate pipeline running from the Marcellus region of Pennsylvania into New Jersey. 2020 GAAP/economic earnings were $4.2 million, which was consistent with 2019, reflecting Allowance for Funds Used During Construction (AFUDC) related to the project. Update. The PennEast member companies remain committed to the project and the affordable, reliable service it will bring to the region. In February, the Supreme Court of the United States granted PennEast's petition for a writ of certiorari, with argument in the case set for April. There are several factors potentially impacting the anticipated in-service date such as approval from FERC on the phased approach, approval of the remaining permit applications from Pennsylvania regulators, and construction-related considerations. At this time, PennEast anticipates placing the Phase One facilities in service in 2022 and anticipate placing the Phase Two facilities in service in 2024, though there may be a shift to the anticipated timeline depending on a number of factors. OTHER Performance. Other entity includes interest on debt, including the debt associated with our acquisitions of ETG and ELK in 2018. 2020 GAAP earnings were $(44.7) million compared with $(41.8) million in 2019. 2020 economic earnings were $(40.3) million compared with $(33.0) million in 2019, reflecting an increase in outstanding debt partially offset by debt repayments and refinancing. Fourth-Quarter 2020 Results Three months ended December 31, 2020 Three months ended December 31, 2019 GAAPGAAPEconomicEconomic GAAPGAAPEconomicEconomic EarningsEPSEarningsEPS EarningsEPSEarningsEPSUtility 63.8 0.63 63.8 0.63 45.8 0.50 45.8 0.50 Non-Utility 18.7 0.19 12.9 0.13 3.5 0.04 6.4 0.07 Other (13.4) (0.13) (13.8) (0.14) (9.9) (0.11) (8.7) (0.10)Total - Continuing Ops $69.1 $0.69 $63.0 $0.62 $39.5 $0.43 $43.4 $0.47 Average Diluted Shares 100.8 100.8 92.5 92.5 *Non-GAAP, see "Explanation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures." Note: Earnings and average shares outstanding are in millions. Amounts and/or EPS may not add due to rounding. For the three-month period ended December 31, 2020, SJI reported consolidated GAAP earnings of $69.1 million compared to $39.5 million in the prior year period. For the three-month period ended December 31, 2020, economic earnings were $63.0 million compared to $43.4 million last year. UTILITY Fourth-quarter 2020 GAAP/economic earnings were $63.8 million compared with $45.8 million in 2019. SJG GAAP/economic earnings were $43.4 million compared with $28.3 million in 2019. Utility margin increased $20.7 million, reflecting rate relief, customer growth and the roll-in of investment from infrastructure modernization programs on October 1, partially offset by operation, depreciation and interest expenses.ETG GAAP/economic earnings were $20.4 million compared with $17.2 million in 2019. Utility margin increased $10.0 million, reflecting rate relief, customer growth and the roll-in of investment from infrastructure modernization programs partially offset by operation, depreciation and interest expenses.ELK GAAP/economic earnings were $0.0 million compared with $0.3 million in 2019, reflecting the sale of the assets on July 31, 2020. NON-UTILITY Fourth-quarter 2020 GAAP earnings were $18.7 million compared with $3.5 million in 2019. Fourth-quarter 2020 economic earnings were $12.9 million compared with $6.4 million in 2019, reflecting improved profitability from Energy Group and Energy Services. Energy Group Fourth-quarter 2020 GAAP earnings were $12.6 million compared with $9.9 million in 2019. Fourth-quarter 2020 economic earnings were $6.7 million compared with $5.0 million in 2019. Fuel Supply Management contributed fourth-quarter 2020 GAAP/economic earnings of $4.0 million compared with $3.2 million in 2019, reflecting new contracts that became operational over the last 12 months. Wholesale Marketing/Other contributed fourth-quarter 2020 economic earnings of $2.7 million compared with $1.8 million in 2019, primarily reflecting improved asset optimization opportunities. Energy Services Fourth-quarter 2020 GAAP earnings were $5.1 million compared with $(7.4) million in 2019. Fourth-quarter 2020 economic earnings were $5.4 million compared with $0.4 million in 2019, primarily reflecting the recognition of ITC's related to Fuel Cell and Solar acquisitions that were announced and/or achieved operation during the period. Midstream Fourth-quarter 2020 GAAP/economic earnings were $0.9 million compared with $1.0 million in 2019, reflecting AFUDC for the PennEast Pipeline project. OTHER Fourth-quarter 2020 GAAP earnings were $(13.4) million compared with $(9.9) million in 2019. Fourth-quarter 2020 economic earnings were $(13.8) million compared with $(8.7) million in 2019. Clean Energy & Decarbonization SJI remains committed to investments that advance the clean energy and decarbonization goals of New Jersey and our region. SJI currently holds ownership interests across the clean energy spectrum. Clean Energy. SJI invested $84.0 million in traditional clean energy investments in 2020, recognizing $21.3 million in investment tax credits (ITCs). Fuel Cells. Through its newly formed Catamaran Renewables joint venture, SJI acquired two fuel cell projects in Staten Island, New York from NineDot Energy for total consideration of $80.2 million. The projects, reflecting 7.5 MW of installed capacity, qualify under New York’s Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) program, with 75% of revenues fixed over 25 years. The projects are further supported by a 95% availability guaranty from the operator. The projects achieved commercial operation in December and are expected to deliver an unlevered internal rate of return (IRR) of 11%.Solar. SJI installed solar arrays at our corporate facilities in 2020, and also completed the installation of four small solar arrays in New Jersey for total investment of $3.8 million. The projects, reflecting 1.6 MW of installed capacity, qualify under the NJ Transition Renewable Energy Certificates (TREC) program. Decarbonization. SJI has announced important partnerships and investments in recent months to reduce the carbon content of natural gas. Renewable Natural Gas. Consistent with our decarbonization commitment, in December 2020, SJI entered into an agreement to acquire a minority interest in REV LNG, LLC (REV), along with the rights to develop anaerobic digesters at a portfolio of dairy farms to produce renewable natural gas. REV specializes in the development, production and transportation of renewable natural gas, liquefied natural gas and compressed natural gas in North America. Over the last few years, REV has become one of the country’s leading developers of renewable natural gas (RNG) projects through capturing, cleaning and converting bio-methane to RNG. Among its service offerings, REV acquires the rights to build anaerobic digesters on dairy farms to produce RNG for injection into natural gas pipelines. REV then sources, transports and supplies RNG to utilities, commercial and industrial customers through the ownership of mobile tankers, decompression and vaporization assets as well as other related equipment.SJI’s investment in REV includes an interest in a proven producing portfolio of RNG projects, a developing pipeline of RNG projects, as well as certain energy infrastructure assets associated with transporting and supplying RNG to market.RNG recovered from dairy farms has a negative carbon intensity rating, meaning it takes more carbon out of the environment than it produces, and is less carbon intensive than conventional natural gas. These investments, along with our planned investments in RNG that will directly serve our utilities, will accelerate SJI’s path towards decarbonization.Total consideration under the agreement is $39.8 million, inclusive of minority interest, rights to develop RNG from a portfolio of dairy farms, capital contributions and transaction costs.The transaction is expected to be accretive to SJI’s cash flow and economic earnings and support continued long-term improvement in credit metrics. Green Hydrogen. In December 2020, SJI announced a partnership with Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind (Atlantic Shores) to collaborate on a green hydrogen pilot program, which will research, monitor and analyze the deployment of green hydrogen technology and natural gas blending in New Jersey. Atlantic Shores is a partnership between Shell New Energies US LLC and EDF Renewables North America, representing years of technical, operational and commercial energy expertise. Queue. SJI continues to evaluate a sizable queue of utility and non-utility investment opportunities that are expected to benefit future financial results. These opportunities may include RNG, hydrogen, smart meters and other projects to advance the region’s energy goals and reduce the effects of greenhouse gasses. Capital Expenditures and Cash Flow For the twelve months ended December 31, 2020: Net cash provided by operating activities was $311.6 million compared to $121.1 million in the prior year period, primarily reflecting rate relief at SJG and ETG, positive customer growth, higher wholesale margins, pipeline supplier refunds and lower legal expenses.Net cash used in investing activities was $507.8 million compared to $477.6 million in the prior year period, reflecting $600.4 million in total capital expenditures and clean energy investments primarily offset by $119.9 million in proceeds from asset sales.Net cash provided by financing activities was $209.6 million compared to $353.3 million in the prior year period, primarily reflecting $920.2 million in debt repayments and $114.6 million in dividends offset by $1.05 billion in long-term debt issuances and $197.6 million in net common equity issuance. Balance Sheet SJI remains committed to a capital structure that supports our regulated-driven capital spending plan while maintaining a balanced equity-to-total capitalization, ample liquidity and a solid investment grade credit rating. Equity-to-total capitalization was 32.2% at December 31, 2020 compared with 29.6% at December 31, 2019, reflecting debt and equity financing and repayment of debt using proceeds from asset sales.Our growth plan embeds conversion of mandatory convertible equity units due April 2021 ($287.5 million). Including conversion, as well as equity credit from rating agencies for long-duration debt, our adjusted equity-to-total capitalization ratio, a non-GAAP measure, was 39.7% at December 31, 2020 compared with 37.5% at December 31, 2019.In February, Moody's affirmed SJG's A3 rating, with a raised outlook to stable from negative, citing among many factors SJG's positive rate case resolution in 2020 and steady improvement in financial metrics.SJI completed multiple steps in 2020 to strengthen liquidity, eliminate near-term debt maturities and ensure the ongoing funding of our capital program. With approximately $450 million of available borrowing capacity as of December 31, 2020, we feel confident in our ability to manage through the impacts of COVID-19. Guidance/Virtual Investor Day SJI's recent investment in REV, as well as pending regulatory proposals in support of accelerated infrastructure modernization and energy efficiency, are expected to positively impact our financial metrics and advance our decarbonization goals. We are currently incorporating these investments and initiatives into our plans and look forward to sharing our vision for the future in conjunction with a planned Virtual Investor Day in May. Details regarding participation in the meeting are expected to be provided in April. Conference Call and Webcast SJI will host a conference call and webcast on Thursday, February 25 to discuss our 2020 financial results. To access the call, please dial the applicable number approximately 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and general public. The webcast can be accessed at www.sjindustries.com under Events & Presentations. Date/Time: Thursday, February 25, 11:00 a.m. ET Dial-In: Toll Free: 877-376-9937; Toll: 629-228-0738 Passcode: 7357502 About SJI SJI (NYSE: SJI), an energy services holding company based in Folsom, NJ, delivers energy services to its customers through three primary subsidiaries. SJI Utilities, SJI’s regulated natural gas utility business, delivers safe, reliable, affordable natural gas to approximately 700,000 South Jersey Gas and Elizabethtown Gas customers in New Jersey. SJI’s non-utility businesses within South Jersey Energy Solutions promote efficiency, clean technology and renewable energy by providing customized wholesale commodity marketing and fuel management services; and developing, owning and operating on-site energy production facilities. SJI Midstream houses the company’s interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project. Visit sjindustries.com for more information about SJI and its subsidiaries. Forward-Looking Statements and Risk Factors This news release, including information incorporated by reference, contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical fact, including statements regarding guidance, industry prospects or future results of operations or financial position, expected sources of incremental margin, strategy, financing needs, future capital expenditures and the outcome or effect of ongoing litigation, are forward-looking. This Quarterly Report uses words such as "anticipate," "believe," "expect," "estimate," "forecast," "goal," "intend," "objective," "plan," "project," "seek," "strategy," "target," "will" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of management at the time that these statements were prepared and are inherently uncertain. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, general economic conditions on an international, national, state and local level; weather conditions in SJI’s marketing areas; changes in commodity costs; changes in the availability of natural gas; “non-routine” or “extraordinary” disruptions in SJI’s distribution system; regulatory, legislative and court decisions; competition; the availability and cost of capital; costs and effects of legal proceedings and environmental liabilities; the failure of customers, suppliers or business partners to fulfill their contractual obligations; changes in business strategies; and public health crises and epidemics or pandemics, such as a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). These risks and uncertainties, as well as other risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, are described in greater detail under the heading “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in SJI’s and SJG's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 and in any other SEC filings made by SJI or SJG during 2019 and 2020 and prior to the filing of this earnings release. Also refer to the additional risk factor described below: Our business could be materially and adversely affected by a public health crisis or the widespread outbreak of contagious disease, such as the recent outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19), which was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020. The continued spread of COVID-19 across the world has led to disruption and volatility in the global capital markets, which increases the cost of capital and adversely impacts access to capital. Additionally, our reliance on third-party suppliers, contractors, service providers, and commodity markets exposes us to the possibility of delay or interruption of our operations. For the duration of the outbreak of COVID-19, legislative and government action limits our ability to collect on overdue accounts, and prohibits us from shutting off services, which may cause a decrease in our cash flows or net income. These suspensions of shut offs of service for non-payment by New Jersey utility customers will be in place through at least March 15, 2021 based on an executive order issued by the Governor of New Jersey. We have been executing our business continuity plans since the outbreak of COVID-19 and are closely monitoring potential impacts due to COVID-19 pandemic responses at the state and federal level. As expected, we have incurred increased operating costs for emergency supplies, cleaning services, enabling technology and other specific needs during this crisis which have traditionally been recognized as prudent expenditures by our regulators. The effects of the pandemic also may have a material adverse impact on our ability to collect accounts receivable as customers face higher liquidity and solvency risks, and also considering the inability to shut off services as noted above. Currently, the impact of the pandemic to the collectability of our accounts receivable continues to be monitored, but such receivables have traditionally been included in rate recovery. Our infrastructure investment programs continue to move forward, and construction activity that was delayed in accordance with directives from the Governor of New Jersey have since continued; however, to the extent the pandemic worsens or a similar directive is put in place in the future for a long period of time, our capital projects could be significantly impacted. It is impossible to predict the effect of the continued spread of the coronavirus in the communities we service. Should the coronavirus continue to spread or not be contained, our business, financial condition and results of operations could be materially impacted, including impairment of goodwill or access to capital markets, which in turn may have a negative effect on the market price of our common stock. No assurance can be given that any goal or plan set forth in any forward-looking statement can or will be achieved, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. SJI and SJG undertake no obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. Explanation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures Management uses the non-GAAP financial measures of Economic Earnings and Economic Earnings Per Share when evaluating its results of operations. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to GAAP measures, such as net income, operating income, earnings per share from continuing operations or any other GAAP measure of financial performance. We define Economic Earnings as: Income from Continuing Operations, (i) less the change in unrealized gains and plus the change in unrealized losses on non-utility derivative transactions; (ii) less income and plus losses attributable to noncontrolling interest; and (iii) less the impact of transactions, contractual arrangements or other events where management believes period to period comparisons of SJI's operations could be difficult or potentially confusing. With respect to part (iii) of the definition of Economic Earnings, items excluded from Economic Earnings for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018, include impairment charges; the impact of pricing disputes with third parties; costs to acquire ETG and ELK; costs incurred and gains recognized on the acquisitions of Annadale (fuel cell projects) and EnerConnex; costs to prepare to exit the transaction service agreement (TSA); costs incurred and gains/losses recognized on sales of solar, MTF/ACB, ELK and SJE's retail gas business; costs incurred to cease operations at three landfill gas-to-energy production facilities; customer credits related to the acquisition of ETG and ELK; ERIP costs; severance and other employee separation costs; and additional tax adjustments including a state deferred valuation allowance and a one-time tax expense resulting from SJG's Stipulation of Settlement with the BPU. See (A)-(H) in the table below. Economic Earnings is a significant financial measure used by our management to indicate the amount and timing of income from continuing operations that we expect to earn after taking into account the impact of derivative instruments on the related transactions, as well as the impact of contractual arrangements and other events that management believes make period to period comparisons of SJI's operations difficult or potentially confusing. Management uses Economic Earnings to manage its business and to determine such items as incentive/compensation arrangements and allocation of resources. Specifically regarding derivatives, we believe that this financial measure indicates to investors the profitability of the entire derivative-related transaction and not just the portion that is subject to mark-to-market valuation under GAAP. We believe that considering only the change in market value on the derivative side of the transaction can produce a false sense as to the ultimate profitability of the total transaction as no change in value is reflected for the non-derivative portion of the transaction. Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures The following table presents a reconciliation of our income from continuing operations and earnings per share from continuing operations to Economic Earnings and Economic Earnings per share (in thousands, except per share data): 202020192018Income from Continuing Operations$157,297 $77,189 $17,903 Minus/Plus: Unrealized Mark-to-Market (Gains) Losses on Derivatives(5,145) 14,546 (35,846) Loss Attributable to Noncontrolling Interest42 — — Loss on Property, Plant and Equipment (A)— 10,745 105,280 Net Losses from a Legal Proceeding in a Pricing Dispute (B)— 2,336 5,910 Acquisition/Sale Net Costs (C)2,174 3,468 34,674 Customer Credits (D)— — 15,333 ERIP and OPEB (E)— — 6,733 Other Costs (F)1,983 4,179 — Income Taxes (G)527 (9,423) (33,753) Additional Tax Adjustments (H)6,081 — — Economic Earnings$162,959 $103,040 $116,234 Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations$1.62 $0.84 $0.21 Minus/Plus: Unrealized Mark-to-Market (Gains) Losses on Derivatives(0.05) 0.16 (0.42) Loss on Property, Plant and Equipment (A)— 0.12 1.24 Net Losses from a Legal Proceeding in a Pricing Dispute (B)— 0.02 0.07 Acquisition/Sale Net Costs (C)0.02 0.04 0.41 Customer Credits (D)— — 0.18 ERIP and OPEB (E)— — 0.08 Other Costs (F)0.02 0.04 — Income Taxes (G)0.01 (0.10) (0.39) Additional Tax Adjustments (H)0.06 — — Economic Earnings per Share$1.68 $1.12 $1.38 (A) Represents impairment charges taken as follows: in 2019 on solar generating facilities along with the agreement to sell MTF and ACB, which were both driven by the expected purchase prices being less than the carrying value of the assets; and in 2018 on solar generating facilities, which was also primarily driven by the purchase price in the agreement to sell solar assets being less than the carrying amount of the assets, along with LFGTE assets, which was primarily driven by the remaining carrying value of these assets no longer being recoverable. (B) Represents net losses, including interest, legal fees and the realized difference in the market value of the commodity (including financial hedges) resulting from a ruling in a legal proceeding related to a pricing dispute between SJI and a gas supplier that began in October 2014. (C) Represents the following: Costs incurred in 2020 to acquire EnerConnex, Annadale, and four solar LLCsGain recorded in 2020 on the step-acquisition of EnerConnexCosts incurred and gains/losses recognized in 2020 on the sales of MTF/ACB and ELKCosts incurred and gains recognized in all three periods on the sale of certain solar assets included in Assets Held for Sale in previous periods. The gains pertain to those projects that were not impaired in previous periods.Costs incurred in 2018 on the agreement to acquire the assets of ETG and ELK, and costs incurred in 2019/2020 to prepare to exit the transaction services agreementCosts incurred in 2018 on the sale of the retail gas business of SJE (D) Represents credits to ETG and ELK customers that were required as part of the ETG/ELK Acquisition. (E) Represents costs incurred on the Company's ERIP as well as the benefit of amending the Company's OPEB. (F) Represents severance and other employee separation costs, along with costs incurred to cease operations at three landfill gas-to-energy production facilities. (G) The income taxes on (A) through (F) above are determined using a combined average statutory tax rate applicable to each period presented. (H) Represents additional tax adjustments, primarily including a state deferred tax valuation allowance at SJI, and a one-time tax expense resulting from SJG's Stipulation of Settlement with the BPU. Summary of Utility Margin The following table summarizes Utility Margin for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018 for SJG (in thousands): SJG: 2020 2019 2018Utility Margin: Residential$217,399 $213,787 $213,026 Commercial and Industrial88,684 90,489 89,172 Cogeneration and Electric Generation4,788 4,896 4,975 Interruptible58 88 105 Off-system Sales & Capacity Release1,781 3,333 4,434 Other Revenues1,385 1,646 1,942 Margin Before Weather Normalization & Decoupling314,095 314,239 313,654 CIP mechanism27,965 (844) (12,382) EET mechanism5,999 4,489 2,998 Utility Margin**$348,059 $317,884 $304,270 The following table summarizes Utility Margin at ETG for the twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, and for the post-Acquisition period during 2018, which was July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018 (in thousands): ETG: Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2020Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2019July 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018Utility Margin: Residential$139,230 $110,519 $43,293 Commercial & Industrial86,851 63,605 26,034 Regulatory Rider Expenses*(13,690) 1,746 718 Utility Margin**$212,391 $175,870 $70,045 *Represents expenses for which there is a corresponding credit in operating revenues. Therefore, such recoveries have no impact on SJG's or ETG's financial results. **Utility Margin is a non-GAAP financial measure and is further defined above. The definition of Utility Margin is the same for SJG and ETG gas utility operations. SOUTH JERSEY INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (In Thousands Except for Per Share Data) 2020 2019 2018Operating Revenues: Utility$918,428 $896,874 $670,715 Nonutility622,955 731,752 970,623 Total Operating Revenues1,541,383 1,628,626 1,641,338 Operating Expenses: Cost of Sales - (Excluding depreciation and amortization) - Utility297,094 351,284 258,781 - Nonutility561,841 680,683 796,627 Operations233,314 238,752 256,862 Impairment Charges— 10,745 105,280 Maintenance38,857 37,341 32,162 Depreciation118,715 99,753 96,723 Energy and Other Taxes11,918 11,996 9,537 Net Gain on Sales of Assets(2,578) (3,133) (15,379) Total Operating Expenses1,259,161 1,427,421 1,540,593 Operating Income282,222 201,205 100,745 Other Income and Expense 7,979 4,208 2,404 Interest Charges(118,534) (114,477) (90,296) Income Before Income Taxes171,667 90,936 12,853 Income Taxes(22,664) (21,061) (561) Equity in Earnings of Affiliated Companies8,294 7,314 5,611 Income from Continuing Operations157,297 77,189 17,903 Loss from Discontinued Operations - (Net of tax benefit)(255) (272) (240) Net Income$157,042 $76,917 $17,663 Add: Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest(42) — — Net Income Attributable to South Jersey Industries, Inc.$157,084 $76,917 $17,663 Basic Earnings per Common Share: Continuing Operations$1.62 $0.84 $0.21 Discontinued Operations— — — Net Income1.62 0.84 0.21 Add: Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest— — — Net Income Attributable to South Jersey Industries, Inc.$1.62 $0.84 $0.21 Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding - Basic96,854 92,130 83,693 Diluted Earnings per Common Share: Continuing Operations$1.62 $0.84 $0.21 Discontinued Operations— — — Net Income1.62 0.84 0.21 Add: Loss Attributable to Non-Controlling Interest— — — Net Income Attributable to South Jersey Industries, Inc.$1.62 $0.84 $0.21 Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding - Diluted96,995 92,253 84,471 SOUTH JERSEY INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(In Thousands) 2020 2019 2018Cash Flows from Operating Activities: Net Income$157,042 $76,917 $17,663 Loss from Discontinued Operations255 272 240 Income from Continuing Operations157,297 77,189 17,903 Adjustments to Reconcile Income from Continuing Operations to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities: Net Gain on Sales of Assets(2,578) (3,133) (15,379) Step Acquisition Gain(1,971) — — Payment of Swap Termination(8,173) — — Gain on Insurance Proceeds— (794) — Impairment Charges— 10,745 105,280 Depreciation and Amortization170,647 133,385 132,914 Net Unrealized (Gain) Loss on Derivatives - Energy Related(385) 11,748 (34,447) Unrealized (Gain) Loss on Derivatives - Other(4,760) 2,798 (1,337) Provision for Losses on Accounts Receivable9,558 10,432 7,977 CIP Receivable/Payable(27,807) 922 32,523 Deferred Gas Costs and Energy Related Derivatives - Net of Recoveries44,450 16,654 (41,287) Stock-Based Compensation Expense5,797 5,209 4,144 Deferred and Noncurrent Income Taxes - Net21,841 21,543 10,392 Environmental Remediation Costs - Net of Recoveries(19,325) (49,180) (59,307) Gas Plant Cost of Removal(16,777) (18,823) (11,184) Changes in: Accounts Receivable(48,576) 92,614 (106,283) Accounts Payable and Other Accrued Liabilities49,981 (137,717) 114,371 Other Assets and Liabilities(17,583) (52,540) (12,704) Cash Flows from Discontinued Operations3 — 7 Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities311,639 121,052 143,583 Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Capital Expenditures(486,451) (504,212) (341,120) Acquisition-related Working Capital Settlement— 15,600 — Cash Paid for Acquisitions, Net of Cash Acquired(21,613) (3,952) (1,740,285) Cash Paid for Purchase of New Contract— — (11,339) Proceeds from Business Dispositions and Sale of Property, Plant and Equipment119,948 26,938 310,644 Investment in Contract Receivables(24,449) (15,718) (8,643) Proceeds from Contract Receivables12,904 10,301 9,813 Proceeds from (Purchase of) Company-Owned Life Insurance— 1,694 (1,298) Investment in Subsidiary, Net of Cash Acquired(79,181) — — Investment in Affiliates(12,139) (4,866) (9,524) Net Advances on Notes Receivable - Affiliates(19,301) (3,433) — Net Repayment of Notes Receivable - Affiliates2,531 — 2,967 Net Cash Used in Investing Activities(507,751) (477,648) (1,788,785) Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Net (Repayments of) Borrowings from Short-Term Credit Facilities(252,300) 578,200 (75,900) Proceeds from Issuance of Long-Term Debt1,050,000 429,657 2,432,500 Payments for Issuance of Long-Term Debt(8,191) (2,744) (21,574) Principal Repayments of Long-Term Debt(667,909) (733,909) (768,909) Dividends on Common Stock(114,643) (106,938) (94,756) Proceeds from Sale of Common Stock200,000 189,032 173,750 Payments for the Issuance of Common Stock(2,409) — (7,149) Capital Contributions of Noncontrolling Interest in Subsidiary6,037 — — Other(1,023) — (776) Net Cash Provided by Financing Activities209,562 353,298 1,637,186 Net Increase (Decrease) in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash13,450 (3,298) (8,016) Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash at Beginning of Year28,381 31,679 39,695 Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash at End of Year$41,831 $28,381 $31,679 Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information Cash paid (received) during the year for: Interest (Net of Amounts Capitalized)$108,901 $114,015 $84,792 Income Taxes (Net of Refunds)$(4,336) $(10,639) $(20,004) Supplemental Disclosures of Non-Cash Investing Activities Capital Expenditures acquired on account but unpaid as of year-end$37,616 $54,321 $44,184 SOUTH JERSEY INDUSTRIES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIESCONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(In Thousands) December 31, 2020 2019Assets Property, Plant and Equipment: Utility Plant, at original cost$5,265,661 $4,905,350 Accumulated Depreciation(914,122) (843,998) Nonutility Property and Equipment, at cost147,764 25,991 Accumulated Depreciation(35,069) (13,807) Property, Plant and Equipment - Net4,464,234 4,073,536 Investments: Available-for-Sale Securities32 40 Restricted7,786 21,964 Investment in Affiliates106,230 87,087 Total Investments114,048 109,091 Current Assets: Cash and Cash Equivalents34,045 6,417 Accounts Receivable278,723 253,661 Unbilled Revenues85,423 84,821 Provision for Uncollectibles(30,582) (19,829) Notes Receivable - Affiliate2,847 5,379 Natural Gas in Storage, average cost39,440 54,153 Materials and Supplies, average cost2,561 1,164 Prepaid Taxes23,851 26,918 Derivatives - Energy Related Assets41,439 52,892 Assets Held For Sale— 143,440 Other Prepayments and Current Assets29,081 43,492 Total Current Assets506,828 652,508 Regulatory and Other Noncurrent Assets: Regulatory Assets673,992 665,932 Derivatives - Energy Related Assets6,935 7,243 Notes Receivable - Affiliate31,073 12,720 Contract Receivables41,428 30,958 Goodwill706,960 702,070 Other143,650 111,282 Total Regulatory and Other Noncurrent Assets1,604,038 1,530,205 Total Assets$6,689,148 $6,365,340 2020 2019Capitalization and Liabilities Equity: Common Stock: Par Value $1.25 per share; Authorized Shares: 220,000,000 shares (2020) and 120,000,000 (2019); Outstanding Shares: 100,591,940 (2020) and 92,394,155 (2019)$125,740 $115,493 Premium on Common Stock1,218,000 1,027,902 Treasury Stock (at par)(321) (289) Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss(38,216) (32,558) Retained Earnings355,678 313,237 Total South Jersey Industries, Inc. Equity1,660,881 1,423,785 Noncontrolling Interest5,995 — Total Equity1,666,876 1,423,785 Long-Term Debt 2,776,400 2,070,086 Total Capitalization4,443,276 3,493,871 Current Liabilities: Notes Payable596,400 848,700 Current Portion of Long-Term Debt142,801 467,909 Accounts Payable256,589 232,242 Customer Deposits and Credit Balances35,899 35,004 Environmental Remediation Costs45,265 43,849 Taxes Accrued6,025 2,235 Derivatives - Energy Related Liabilities27,006 41,965 Derivatives - Other Current659 1,155 Liabilities Held for Sale— 6,043 Deferred Contract Revenues479 — Interest Accrued21,140 13,580 Pension Benefits3,704 3,727 Other Current Liabilities27,665 35,486 Total Current Liabilities1,163,632 1,731,895 Deferred Credits and Other Noncurrent Liabilities: Deferred Income Taxes149,534 92,166 Pension and Other Postretirement Benefits135,023 114,055 Environmental Remediation Costs148,310 189,036 Asset Retirement Obligations202,092 263,950 Derivatives - Energy Related Liabilities4,947 8,206 Derivatives - Other Noncurrent9,279 11,505 Regulatory Liabilities420,577 442,918 Other12,478 17,738 Total Deferred Credits and Other Noncurrent Liabilities1,082,240 1,139,574 Total Capitalization and Liabilities$6,689,148 $6,365,340