SJW Group Announces 2019 Second Quarter Financial Results|
Wednesday, July 24, 2019 6:30:00 PM ET
SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) today reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. SJW Group net income was $13.5 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to $12.9 million for the same period in 2018. Diluted earnings per share were $0.47 and $0.62 for the quarters ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively. Diluted earnings per share in 2019 includes $0.58 per share from recurring operations offset by $0.06 per share related to a settlement of the company's Order Instituting Investigation ("OII") proceeding with the California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") over customer billing practices and $0.05 per share related to the company's proposed merger with Connecticut Water Service, Inc ("CTWS"). Diluted earnings per share in 2018 includes $0.72 per share from recurring operations offset by $0.10 per share related to the proposed merger.
Subsequent to June 30, 2019, San Jose Water Company entered into a Settlement Agreement ("Agreement") with the CPUC's Consumer Protection and Enforcement Division ("CPED") on the CPUC's OII over the company's past customer billing practices. The Agreement requires the company to pay approximately $2.1 million in customer credits and invest $5.0 million in utility plant that is not allowed an investment return or rate recovery. The company has established a settlement reserve of $2.1 million, with an offset to revenue as of June 30, 2019. The company expects to make the utility plant investment with construction to begin within 12 months of the settlement agreement approval by the CPUC. Approval of the Agreement by the CPUC is anticipated in the third quarter of 2019.
Operating revenue was $103.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2019, compared to $99.1 million in 2018. The $3.9 million increase in revenue was primarily attributable to a $3.6 million change in cumulative water rates, a $3.6 million change in the net recognition of certain balancing and memorandum accounts, and an $800,000 increase due to new customers, partially offset by $2.1 million in lower customer water usage and $2.1 million in customer rate credits related to the settlement of the CPUC's OII over customer billing practices.
Water production expenses for the quarter ended June 30, 2019 were $42.1 million, compared to $39.9 million in 2018, an increase of $2.2 million. The increase in water production expenses was primarily attributable to $3.6 million in higher per unit costs for purchased water, groundwater extraction and energy charges and $2.2 million in cost recovery balancing and memorandum accounts, partially offset by a $3.0 million reduction due to an increase in the use of available surface water supplies and $600,000 in decreased customer water usage. Operating expenses, excluding water production costs, increased $2.5 million to $38.9 million from $36.4 million. The increase was primarily due to $1.5 million in higher general and administrative expenses, primarily related to increased compensation and pension costs, $1.4 million in higher depreciation expenses due to assets placed in service in 2018 and $500,000 in higher maintenance and taxes other than income taxes, partially offset by a decrease of $900,000 in merger expenses related to our proposed merger transaction with CTWS.
Other expense and income in the second quarter of 2019 included $2.3 million of interest income earned on money market fund investments from the proceeds of our equity offering in December 2018.
The effective consolidated income tax rates were approximately 23% and 24% for the quarters ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
Year-to-date net income was $19.4 million, compared to $14.2 million in 2018. Diluted earnings per share were $0.68 in the first six months of 2019, compared to $0.68 per diluted share for the same period in 2018. Diluted earnings per share in 2019 includes $0.86 per share from recurring operations offset by $0.06 per share related to the company's OII settlement with the CPUC's CPED and $0.12 per share related to the company's activities around the proposed merger with CTWS. Diluted earnings per share in 2018 includes $0.93 per share from recurring operations offset by $0.25 per share related to the proposed merger.
Year-to-date operating revenue increased by $6.5 million to $180.6 million from $174.1 million in the first six months of 2019. The increase was attributable to a $6.7 million change in cumulative water rates, $6.2 million in the net recognition of certain balancing and memorandum accounts, and $1.7 million in new customers, partially offset by a $5.9 million decrease in customer usage and $2.1 million in customer rate credits related to the OII settlement with the CPUC's CPED.
Year-to-date water production expenses decreased to $68.9 million from $70.3 million in 2018. The $1.4 million decrease was attributable to a $7.3 million increase in the use of available surface water supplies and $3.0 million in decreased customer usage, partially offset by $6.4 million in higher per unit costs for purchased water, groundwater extraction and energy charges and a $2.5 million increase in cost recovery balancing and memorandum accounts. Operating expenses, excluding water production costs, increased $3.7 million to $77.4 million from $73.7 million. The increase was primarily due to $3.0 million in higher depreciation expenses, $2.2 million in higher general and administrative expenses and $600,000 in higher taxes other than income taxes, partially offset by a decrease of $2.2 million in merger expenses related to our proposed CTWS merger transaction.
Other expense and income year-to-date for 2019 included $4.2 million of interest income earned on money market fund investments from the proceeds of the company's equity offering in December 2018.
The effective consolidated income tax rates were approximately 24% and 20% for the six-month periods ended June 30, 2019 and 2018, respectively.
The Directors of SJW Group today declared a quarterly dividend on common stock of $0.30 per share. The dividend is payable on September 3, 2019, to shareholders of record on August 5, 2019.
On July 3, 2019, SJW Group and CTWS ("the Companies") reached a settlement agreement with the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection ("DEEP") and the Office of Consumer Counsel ("OCC") regarding the commitments in our application to the Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority ("PURA") for approval of our proposed merger. The settlement agreement modifies and adds commitments that will provide additional, direct long-term customer and environmental benefits, enhance local control and provide supplemental financial protections to customers.
On July 3, 2019, the Companies submitted to filing with PURA requesting approval of the settlement agreement and our merger application with the support of DEEP and the OCC. PURA will determine the next procedural steps and the schedule to complete the proceeding. In addition, the Companies filed an application for merger approval with the Maine Public Utilities Commission on May 3, 2019. The Companies have since engaged in discovery and preliminary settlement negotiations related to the Maine proceeding. The proposed merger transaction remains on track to close in the third quarter of 2019.
SJW Group is a publicly traded holding company headquartered in San Jose, California. SJW Group is the parent company of San Jose Water Company, SJWTX, Inc., and SJW Land Company. Together, San Jose Water Company and SJWTX, Inc. provide water service to more than one million people in San Jose, California and nearby communities and in Canyon Lake, Texas and nearby communities. SJW Land Company owns and operates commercial real estate investments.
This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements relating to SJW Group's plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of SJW Group to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.
The accuracy of such statements is subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, but not limited to, the following factors: (1) the risk that the conditions to the closing of the proposed transaction between SJW Group and CTWS (the "Merger") are not satisfied; (2) the risk that the regulatory approvals required for the Merger are not obtained at all, or if obtained, on the terms expected or on the anticipated schedule; (3) the risk that the CPUC's investigation may cause delays in or otherwise adversely affect the Merger and that SJW Group may be required to consummate the Merger prior to the CPUC's issuance of an order with respect to its investigation; (4) the effect of water, utility, environmental and other governmental policies and regulations; (5) litigation relating to the Merger; (6) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstance that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement between the parties to the Merger; (7) changes in demand for water and other products and services; (8) unanticipated weather conditions; (9) catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, ice storms, tornadoes, terrorist acts, physical attacks, cyber-attacks, or other similar occurrences that could adversely affect the facilities, operations, financial condition, results of operations and reputation of SJW Group or CTWS; (10) risks that the Merger disrupts the current plans and operations of SJW Group or CTWS; (11) potential difficulties by SJW Group or CTWS in employee retention as a result of the Merger; (12) unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the Merger; (13) risks related to diverting management's attention from ongoing business operations of SJW Group or CTWS; and (14) legislative and economic developments.
Results for a quarter are not indicative of results for a full year due to seasonality and other factors. Other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to materially differ are described in SJW Group's most recent reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SJW Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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Suzy Papazian, 408-279-7961
General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
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