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American States Water Company Announces First Quarter 2022 Results

SAN DIMAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 2, 2022-- American States Water Company (NYSE:AWR) today reported basic and fully diluted earnings per share of $0.38 for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, as compared to basic and fully diluted earnings per share of $0.52 for the quarter ended March 31, 2021. Due to the delay in receiving a final decision from the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") on the pending water general rate case at AWR's regulated water utility segment, Golden State Water Company ("GSWC"), to set new rates beginning in 2022, water revenues billed and recorded for the first quarter of 2022 were based on 2021 adopted rates, pending a final decision. When approved, the new rates will be retroactive to January 1, 2022 and cumulative adjustments will be recorded in the quarter the new rates are approved by the CPUC. Had new rates been approved and implemented on January 1, 2022 consistent with the settlement agreement discussed immediately below, GSWC would have recorded additional revenues of approximately $6.3 million, or $0.12 per share, and additional water supply costs of approximately $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, for the first quarter of 2022. Including the additional revenues and water supply costs, consolidated adjusted diluted earnings for the first quarter March 31, 2022 were $0.47 per share.

In November 2021, GSWC and the Public Advocates Office at the CPUC ("Public Advocates") filed with the CPUC a joint motion to adopt a settlement agreement between GSWC and Public Advocates on the general rate case application that will set new rates for the years 2022 through 2024. The settlement agreement, if approved, resolves all issues related to the 2022 annual revenue requirement and results in an increase in the 2022 adopted revenues of approximately $30.3 million as compared to the 2021 adopted revenues, and an increase in the 2022 adopted supply costs of $9.7 million as compared to the 2021 adopted supply costs.

First Quarter 2022 Results

The table below sets forth a comparison of the first quarter 2022 diluted earnings per share contribution by business segment with the same period in 2021.

 

 

Diluted Earnings per Share

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

 

 

3/31/2022

 

3/31/2021

 

CHANGE

Water

 

$

0.23

 

$

0.33

 

$

(0.10

)

Electric

 

 

0.07

 

 

0.07

 

 

 

Contracted services

 

 

0.08

 

 

0.12

 

 

(0.04

)

Consolidated fully diluted earnings per share, as reported

 

$

0.38

 

$

0.52

 

$

(0.14

)

Water Segment:

For the three months ended March 31, 2022, diluted earnings from the water utility segment were $0.23 per share, as compared to $0.33 per share for the same period in 2021, a decrease of $0.10 per share. As previously discussed, water revenues billed and recorded for the first quarter of 2022 were based on 2021 adopted rates, pending a final decision by the CPUC in the pending general rate case application. Had the settlement agreement between GSWC and Public Advocates been approved and implemented on January 1, 2022, GSWC would have recorded additional revenues of approximately $6.3 million, or $0.12 per share, and additional water supply costs of approximately $1.6 million, or $0.03 per share, for the first quarter of 2022. In addition, for the three months ended March 31, 2022, GSWC recorded a reduction to revenues of $1.4 million, or $0.03 per share, to reflect revenues subject to refund from the estimated impact of a lower cost of debt of 5.1% included in GSWC's pending cost of capital proceeding, as compared to a 6.6% cost of debt in 2021 rates currently billed to water customers. A final decision on the cost of capital application, once issued by the CPUC, is expected to have an effective date retroactive to January 1, 2022.

Furthermore, included in the results for the first quarter of 2022 were losses of $1.7 million, or approximately $0.03 per share, on investments held to fund one of the Company's retirement plans, as compared to gains of $628,000, or approximately $0.01 per share, for the same period in 2021, largely due to volatility in the financial markets. Excluding the gains and losses on investments from both periods, adjusted diluted earnings at the water segment for the first quarter of 2022 were $0.26 per share, as compared to adjusted earnings of $0.32 per share for the first quarter of 2021, an adjusted decrease of $0.06 per share due to the following items:

  • A decrease in water operating revenues of $1.1 million largely as a result of the lower cost of debt included in the pending May 2021 cost of capital application as previously discussed. Furthermore, water revenues billed and recorded for the first quarter of 2022 were based on 2021 adopted rates, pending a final decision by the CPUC on the general rate case application.
  • An increase in water supply costs of $462,000, which consist of purchased water, purchased power for pumping, groundwater production assessments and changes in the water supply cost balancing accounts. Adopted supply costs for the first quarter of 2022 were based on 2021 authorized amounts, pending a final decision by the CPUC in the water general rate case application. Actual water supply costs are tracked and passed through to customers on a dollar-for-dollar basis by way of the CPUC-approved water supply cost balancing accounts. The increase in water supply costs results in a corresponding increase in water operating revenues and has no net impact on the water segment’s profitability.
  • An overall increase in operating expenses of $1.8 million (excluding supply costs and fluctuations in pension costs that due to a CPUC-authorized pension balancing account have no impact to earnings), which negatively impacted earnings and was mainly due to increases in water treatment costs, conservation spending, insurance, depreciation and maintenance expenses.
  • A decrease in interest expense (net of interest income) of $566,000 resulting from lower overall borrowing rates due to the early redemption of GSWC's 9.56% private placement notes in the amount of $28 million in May 2021, partially offset by an overall increase in total borrowing levels to support, among other things, GSWC's capital expenditures program.
  • An increase in the effective income tax rate, which negatively impacted net earnings at the water segment. The increase resulted primarily from changes in certain flow-through taxes and permanent items. As a regulated utility, GSWC treats certain temporary differences as flow-through in computing its income tax expense consistent with the income tax method used in its CPUC-jurisdiction ratemaking. Changes in the magnitude of flow-through items either increase or decrease tax expense, thereby affecting diluted earnings per share.

Electric Segment:

Diluted earnings from the electric utility segment were $0.07 per share for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021. An increase in electric operating revenues was offset by higher operating expenses.

Contracted Services Segment:

Diluted earnings from the contracted services segment decreased $0.04 per share for the first quarter of 2022 as compared to the same period in 2021, largely due to a decrease in construction activity primarily due to timing differences, partially offset by an increase in management fees, as well as lower overall operating expenses. The contracted services segment is expected to contribute $0.45 to $0.49 per share for the full 2022 year.

Liquidity

On April 22, 2022, AWR's credit facility was amended to increase the borrowing capacity from $200 million to $280 million through the expiration of the credit facility in May 2023. This overall increase in total borrowing capacity will support, among other things, the capital expenditures program at GSWC. The amendment also changed the benchmark interest rate from the London Interbank Offered Rate ("LIBOR") to the Secured Overnight Financing Rate ("SOFR").

Dividends

On April 28, 2022, AWR's Board of Directors approved a second quarter dividend of $0.365 per share on AWR's Common Shares. Dividends on the Common Shares will be paid on June 1, 2022 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 16, 2022. AWR has paid common dividends every year since 1931, and has increased the dividends received by shareholders each calendar year for 67 consecutive years, which places it in an exclusive group of companies on the New York Stock Exchange that have achieved that result. AWR's current policy is to achieve a compound annual growth rate in the dividend of more than 7% over the long-term.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes a discussion on AWR's operations in terms of diluted earnings per share by business segment, which is each business segment’s earnings divided by the company's weighted average number of diluted common shares. This measure is derived from consolidated financial information but is not presented in our financial statements that are prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) in the United States. This item constitutes a "non-GAAP financial measure" under Securities and Exchange Commission rules, which supplements our GAAP disclosures but should not be considered as an alternative to the GAAP measure. Furthermore, the non-GAAP financial measure may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures of other registrants. The company uses earnings per share by business segment as an important measure in evaluating its operating results and believes this measure is a useful internal benchmark in evaluating the performance of its operating segments. The company reviews this measurement regularly and compares it to historical periods and to the operating budget. The company has provided the computations and reconciliations of diluted earnings per share from the measure of operating income by business segment to AWR’s consolidated fully diluted earnings per share in this press release.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release with regard to the company's expectations may be forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. The assumptions and risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include those described in the company's most recent Form 10-Q and Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call

Robert Sprowls, president and chief executive officer, and Eva Tang, senior vice president and chief financial officer, will host a conference call to discuss these results at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time (11:00 a.m. Pacific Time) on Tuesday, May 3. There will be a question and answer session as part of the call. Interested parties can listen to the live conference call and view accompanying slides on the internet at www.aswater.com. The call will be archived on the website and available for replay beginning May 3, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) through May 10, 2022.

About American States Water Company

American States Water Company is the parent of Golden State Water Company, Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc. and American States Utility Services, Inc., serving over one million people in nine states. Through its water utility subsidiary, Golden State Water Company, the company provides water service to approximately 262,900 customer connections located within more than 80 communities in Northern, Coastal and Southern California. Through its electric utility subsidiary, Bear Valley Electric Service, Inc., the company distributes electricity to approximately 24,700 customer connections in the City of Big Bear Lake and surrounding areas in San Bernardino County, California. Through its contracted services subsidiary, American States Utility Services, Inc., the company provides operations, maintenance and construction management services for water distribution, wastewater collection, and treatment facilities located on 11 military bases throughout the country under 50-year privatization contracts with the U.S. government.

American States Water Company

Consolidated

 

 

 

   

 

         

 

 

Comparative Condensed Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(in thousands)

 

March 31, 2022

 

December 31, 2021

Assets

 

 

   

 

         

Net Property, Plant and Equipment

 

$

1,649,859

     

$

1,626,004

 

Goodwill

 

 

1,116

 

 

     

1,116

 

Other Property and Investments

 

 

39,018

 

 

     

40,806

 

Current Assets

 

 

130,856

 

 

     

138,052

 

Other Assets

 

 

93,083

 

 

     

95,005

 

Total Assets

 

$

1,913,932

     

$

1,900,983

 

Capitalization and Liabilities

 

 

   

 

         

Capitalization

 

$

1,099,575

     

$

1,098,123

 

Current Liabilities

 

 

160,154

 

 

     

155,574

 

Other Credits

 

 

654,203

 

 

     

647,286

 

Total Capitalization and Liabilities

 

$

1,913,932

     

$

1,900,983

 

 

     

 

           
     

Condensed Statements of Income

 

     

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

     

 

2022

 

2021

 

     

 

(Unaudited)

Operating Revenues

     

 

     

 

   

Water

     

$

 

73,906

 

$

75,029

 

Electric

     

 

 

11,892

 

 

11,539

 

Contracted services

     

 

 

22,772

 

 

30,492

 

Total operating revenues

     

 

 

108,570

 

 

117,060

 

 

     

 

     

 

   

Operating Expenses

     

 

     

 

   

Water purchased

     

 

 

17,848

 

 

15,239

 

Power purchased for pumping

     

 

 

2,374

 

 

2,145

 

Groundwater production assessment

     

 

 

4,211

 

 

4,440

 

Power purchased for resale

     

 

 

5,166

 

 

3,198

 

Supply cost balancing accounts

     

 

 

(6,343

)

 

(2,427

)

Other operation

     

 

 

8,667

 

 

8,217

 

Administrative and general

     

 

 

22,972

 

 

22,053

 

Depreciation and amortization

     

 

 

10,114

 

 

9,560

 

Maintenance

     

 

 

3,140

 

 

2,662

 

Property and other taxes

     

 

 

5,853

 

 

5,940

 

ASUS construction

     

 

 

10,203

 

 

15,704

 

Total operating expenses

     

 

 

84,205

 

 

86,731

 

 

     

 

     

 

   

Operating income

     

 

 

24,365

 

 

30,329

 

 

     

 

     

 

   

Other Income and Expenses

     

 

     

 

   

Interest expense

     

 

 

(5,606

)

 

(6,258

)

Interest income

     

 

 

283

 

 

455

 

Other, net

     

 

 

(419

)

 

656

 

Total other income and expenses, net

     

 

 

(5,742

)

 

(5,147

)

 

     

 

     

 

   

Income Before Income Tax Expense

     

 

 

18,623

 

 

25,182

 

Income tax expense

     

 

 

4,461

 

 

5,914

 

Net Income

     

$

 

14,162

 

$

19,268

 

 

     

 

     

 

   

Weighted average shares outstanding

     

 

 

36,944

 

 

36,898

 

Basic earnings per Common Share

     

$

 

0.38

 

$

0.52

 

 

     

 

     

 

   

Weighted average diluted shares

     

 

 

37,019

 

 

36,993

 

Fully diluted earnings per Common Share

     

$

 

0.38

 

$

0.52

 

 

     

 

     

 

   

Dividends paid per Common Share

     

$

 

0.365

 

$

0.335

 

           

Computation and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measure (Unaudited)

Below is the computation and reconciliation of diluted earnings per share from the measure of operating income by business segment to AWR's consolidated fully diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021.

 

Water

 

Electric

 

Contracted Services

 

AWR (Parent)

 

Consolidated (GAAP)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

Q1 2022

 

Q1 2021

 

Q1 2022

 

Q1 2021

 

Q1 2022

 

Q1 2021

 

Q1 2022

 

Q1 2021

 

Q1 2022

 

Q1 2021

Operating income

$

16,999

 

$

21,059

 

$

3,598

 

 

$

3,448

 

$

3,770

 

 

$

5,824

 

 

$

(2

)

 

$

(2

)

 

$

24,365

 

$

30,329

Other income and expense

 

5,743

 

 

5,060

 

 

(30

)

 

 

40

 

 

(171

)

 

 

(188

)

 

 

200

 

 

 

235

 

 

 

5,742

 

 

5,147

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

2,689

 

 

3,768

 

 

952

 

 

 

884

 

 

944

 

 

 

1,391

 

 

 

(124

)

 

 

(129

)

 

 

4,461

 

 

5,914

Net income

$

8,567

 

$

12,231

 

$

2,676

 

 

$

2,524

 

$

2,997

 

 

$

4,621

 

 

$

(78

)

 

$

(108

)

 

$

14,162

 

$

19,268

Weighted Average Number of Diluted Shares

 

37,019

 

 

36,993

 

 

37,019

 

 

 

36,993

 

 

37,019

 

 

 

36,993

 

 

 

37,019

 

 

 

36,993

 

 

 

37,019

 

 

36,993

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.23

 

$

0.33

 

$

0.07

 

 

$

0.07

 

$

0.08

 

 

$

0.12

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

0.38

 

$

0.52

 

Eva G. Tang
Senior Vice President-Finance, Chief Financial Officer,
Corporate Secretary and Treasurer
Telephone: (909) 394-3600, ext. 707

Source: American States Water Company