Southern Company reports third-quarter 2019 earnings

October 30, 2019

Southern Company today reported third-quarter 2019 earnings of $1.32 billion, or $1.26 per share, compared with $1.16 billion, or $1.14 per share, in the third quarter of 2018.  For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, Southern Company reported earnings of $4.30 billion, or $4.12 per share, compared with earnings of $1.95 billion, or $1.92 per share, for the same period in 2018. 

Excluding the items described in the “Net Income – Excluding Items” table below, Southern Company earned $1.40 billion, or $1.34 per share, during the third quarter of 2019, compared with $1.16 billion, or $1.14 per share, during the third quarter of 2018. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, excluding these items, Southern Company earned $2.97 billion, or $2.84 per share, compared with earnings of $2.87 billion, or $2.83 per share, for the same period in 2018.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Three Months Ended September

 

Year-to-Date September

Net Income - Excluding Items (in millions)

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

Net Income - As Reported

$1,316

$1,164

 

$4,298

 $1,948

Acquisition, Disposition, and Integration Impacts

5

(326)

 

(2,477)

(93)

  Tax Impact

7

306

 

1,130

305

Estimated Loss on Plants Under Construction

3

2

 

16

1,108

  Tax Impact

(1)

(1)

 

(4)

(282)

Wholesale Gas Services

14

24

 

(79)

 

(83)

       Tax Impact

(5)

(6)

 

18

18

Asset Impairment

92

-

 

92

-

       Tax Impact

(27)

-

 

(27)

-

Litigation Settlement

-

-

 

-

(24)

       Tax Impact

-

-

 

-

6

Earnings Guidance Comparability Items:

 

 

 

 

 

Adoption of Tax Reform

-

-

 

-

(31)

Net Income – Excluding Items

$1,404

$1,163

 

$2,967

$2,872

       Average Shares Outstanding – (in millions)                     

1,048

1,023

 

1,043

1,016

Basic Earnings Per Share – Excluding Items

$1.34

$1.14

 

$2.84

$2.83

NOTE: For more information regarding these non-GAAP adjustments, see the footnotes accompanying the Financial Highlights page of the earnings package.

Earnings drivers year-over-year for the third quarter 2019 were positively influenced by higher revenues associated with changes in rates and pricing, net of usage changes, as well as warmer than normal weather at Southern Company’s regulated utilities. These impacts were partially offset by the impact of divested entities on earnings.

“We continue to be pleased with our operational performance through the first three quarters of 2019, as our premier, state-regulated electric and gas franchises provided reliable energy to customers despite the challenge of record-breaking temperatures in our service footprint” said Chairman, President and CEO Thomas A. Fanning. “Our electrical system demonstrated great resilience during these conditions with strong generation availability and record year-to-date transmission performance, resulting in exceptional reliability for customers. Even amid these peak loads, a diverse fuel mix enabled the Southern Company system to reduce carbon emissions by 35% compared to the strongest demand of 2007 – our benchmark year for carbon emissions.”

Third quarter 2019 operating revenues were $6.0 billion, compared with $6.2 billion for the third quarter of 2018, a decrease of 2.7 percent. For the nine months ended September 30, 2019, operating revenues were $16.5 billion, compared with $18.2 billion for the corresponding period in 2018, a decrease of 9.1 percent. These decreases reflect the sales of Gulf Power and other assets that are no longer affiliated with Southern Company.

Southern Company’s third quarter earnings slides with supplemental financial information are available at http://investor.valsgarage.com.

Southern Company’s financial analyst call will begin at 8 a.m. Eastern Time today, during which Fanning and Chief Financial Officer Andrew W. Evans will discuss earnings and provide a general business update. Investors, media and the public may listen to a live webcast of the call and view associated slides at http://investor.valsgarage.com/webcasts. A replay of the webcast will be available on the site for 12 months.

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