NEWS RELEASE February 15, 2019
Julie R. Smolinski
Telephone: (808) 543-7300
Director, Investor Relations
E-mail: [email protected]
HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC INDUSTRIES REPORTS 2018 RESULTS
- Strong consolidated earnings include record bank earnings and improved utility earnings
- Reported net income of $201.8 million in 2018 versus $165.3 million in 2017
- Reported EPS of $1.85 in 2018 versus $1.52 in 2017
- Reported return on equity of 9.5% versus 7.9% in 2017
- Quarterly dividend increase of 1 cent, from $0.31 to $0.32 per share
- Increase reflects Board’s view of the strength of the Company’s performance and prospects
- Hawaiian Electric Company (Hawaiian Electric2)delivered on key priorities:
- Completed first full cycle of rate cases for our three utilities in six years
- Committed to $244 million in customer savings over twelve years from successful implementation of enterprise system
- On track to beat 2020 goal of 30% electricity sales from renewable sources; achieved 27% in 2018
- Reduced fossil fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by almost 20% over last ten years
- Led state’s largest renewable energy and storage procurement, resulting in filed power purchase agreements at lowest prices to date in Hawaii, pending Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) approval
- Invested more than $400 million to increase reliability and resilience and integration of additional renewable energy
- Recognized as 2018 Investor-Owned Utility of the Year by Smart Electric Power Alliance for its grid modernization initiative
- American Savings Bank (American) achieved record earnings and improved efficiency:
- Disciplined approach to growth in the healthy Hawaii economy, building upon the benefits of a lower tax rate from tax reform
- Improved efficiency ratio by 2.2%, with a 2018 efficiency ratio of 59.4% compared to 61.6% in 2017
- Completion of innovative new campus enables further efficiency opportunities
- Three new independent, uniquely qualified directors with diverse and relevant experience – Celeste Connors, Mary Powell and Jim Scilacci – nominated for election at the 2019 Annual Meeting
- Admiral Thomas Fargo to be named Vice Chair of the Board and Peggy Fowler named Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee of the Board
1 Unless otherwise indicated, throughout this release earnings per share (EPS) refers to diluted earnings per share.2 Hawaiian Electric, unless otherwise defined, refers to the three utilities, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. on Oahu, Maui Electric Company, Limited, and Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc.
HONOLULU – Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE – HE) (HEI) today reported 2018year-end consolidated net income for common stock of $201.8 million and EPS of $1.85 compared to $165.3 million and EPS of $1.52 for 2017. Excluding 2017 one-time impacts from the implementation of federal tax reform, principally to adjust deferred tax assets for the lower tax rate, 2017 core net income was $179.5 million and core EPS was $1.65, and 2018 net income and EPS growth over the prior year core amounts was 12.4% and 12.1%, respectively.For the fourth quarter of 2018, consolidated net income for common stock was $49.6 million and EPS was $0.45 compared to $32.4 million and EPS of $0.30 for the fourth quarter of 2017. Excluding the previously referenced one-time 2017 federal tax reform impacts, core net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $46.5 million and core EPS was $0.43, and fourth quarter 2018 net income and EPS growth over the fourth quarter 2017 core amounts was 6.7% and 4.7%, respectively.“We are making substantial progress across HEI, as demonstrated by our strong 2018 financial, operational and environmental results. We delivered solid earnings growth over the prior year, with particularly strong results from American Savings Bank. In light of our 2018 earnings and our future prospects, our Board of Directors yesterday approved a 3% dividend increase, enhancing our record of uninterrupted dividends since 1901,” said Constance H. Lau, President and CEO of HEI.“Our electric company generated 27% of its sales from renewable energy, despite the lava-related shutdown of a third-party owned geothermal plant in 2018, and invested more than $400 million to strengthen the resilience of our electric systems across the islands we serve. Hawaiian Electric continues to lead the nation in the efficient integration of renewable resources, and in 2018 we were again number one in the nation in rooftop solar adoption.”
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“American Savings Bank delivered record earnings in 2018, and finished the year with a very strong fourth quarter. The bank is well positioned to continue to grow in 2019 and achieve even greaterefficiency as it brings its team together into its new, state-of-the-art campus and works continually to deliver value to customers, our consolidated company and shareholders,” said Lau.
HAWAIIAN ELECTRICFull Year Results:Hawaiian Electric’s full-year 2018 net income was $143.7 million, compared to $120.0 million in 2017. The $23.7 million increase in reported net income over the prior year was primarily driven by the following after-tax items:
|•||Resetting of base rates through the rate case cycle, resulting in a net income impact of $31 million, and recovery under the rate adjustment mechanism (RAM) and major projects interim recovery (MPIR) mechanisms, resulting in $26 million of net income impact;|
|•||$5 million in net income from the previously announced pole ownership agreement with Hawaiian Telcom, which resulted in attachment fees and a one-time impact from the release of reserves due to the settlement of receivables from Hawaiian Telcom; the arrangement will reduce the cost of this critical infrastructure to our customers by bringing in third party revenues;|
|•||$9 million lower 2017 net income reflecting the aforementioned one-time 2017 impact of federal tax reform; and|
|•||$2 million higher net income from net favorable tax adjustments, largely related to favorable adjustments made in connection with filing of the 2017 tax return, partially offset by the difference between the reduction to revenue requirements to return tax reform benefits to customers and actual 2018 tax savings.|
These items were partially offset by the following after-tax items:
|•||$37 million higher operations and maintenance (O&M) expenses3 compared to 2017, primarily due to the reset of pension costs for the first time in six years as part of rate case decisions, the write-off of costs incurred during the merger time period related to Smart Grid planning and the evaluation of importing LNG, higher consultant costs related to implementation of the new enterprise resource system, higher costs for preventative maintenance on underground circuits to ensure reliability, generating station operation and maintenance (including $2 million net income impact from the newly commissioned Schofield Generating Station), and workers’ compensation claims;|
3 Excludes net income neutral expenses covered by surcharges or by third parties. See “Explanation of HEI’s Use of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Measures” and related reconciliation accompanying this release.
|•||$8 million higher depreciation expense as a result of increasing investments for the integration of more renewable energy, improved customer reliability and greater system efficiency; and|
|•||$3 million higher interest expense from higher interest rates and increased borrowings to fund utility capital investments.|
Fourth Quarter Results:Fourth quarter 2018 net income of $35 million was $10 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2017, primarily driven by a $15 million (post-tax) net revenue increase from rate relief and recovery through the RAM and MPIR mechanisms, the previously mentioned impact from the pole ownership agreement with Hawaiian Telcom (the impacts of which were experienced in the fourth quarter), and lower fourth quarter 2017 earnings due to the aforementioned $9 million one-time impact of federal tax reform. These amounts were partially offset by higher depreciation and O&M impacts totaling $3 million and $13 million post-tax, respectively. The higher O&M expenses included a $2 million post-tax write off of the previously mentioned LNG expenses and a $5 million impact from above-described pension reset. Lower allowance for funds used during construction also partially offset net income by $1 million.
AMERICAN SAVINGS BANKFull Year Results:American’s full-year 2018 net income was $82.5 million compared to $67.0 million in 2017. The 23% increase from the prior year resulted from $18.8 million higher net interest income, driven primarily by growth in interest earning assets and an improved interest rate environment. This was partially offset by $3.8 million higher provision for loan losses, as well as lower noninterest income. While noninterest income for the year was $5.5 million lower than 2017, $4.2 million of such amount resulted from the reclassification of $4.2 million of debit card expenses in 2018 from noninterest expense to noninterest income due to a new accounting standard and thus did not impact net income.
Total deposits were $6.2 billion at December 31, 2018, an increase of 4.6% from December 31, 2017. The average cost of funds was 0.25% for the full year 2018, up 4 basis points from the prior year
Fourth Quarter Results:Fourth quarter of 2018 net income of $21.8 million was $0.5 million higher than the third, or linked quarter and $4.9 million higher than the fourth quarter of 2017. Compared to the linked quarter of 2018, the $0.5 million net income increase was primarily driven by $2.3 million (pre-tax) higher net interest income primarily due to higher yields on
BOARD DECLARES INCREASE IN QUARTERLY DIVIDENDOn February 14, 2019, the Board of Directors increased HEI’s quarterly cash dividend to $0.32 per share from the previous $0.31 per share. The dividend is payable on March 13, 2019, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 26, 2019 (ex-dividend date is February 25, 2019). The dividend is equivalent to an annual rate of $1.28 per share. This dividend increase reflects HEI’s strong 2018 performance and
THREE NEW INDEPENDENT DIRECTORS NOMINATED FOR ELECTION AT THE 2019 ANNUAL MEETINGCeleste Connors, Mary Powell and Jim Scilacci – each of whom has demonstrated a strong track record of stakeholder value creation – have been nominated for election at the 2019 Annual Meeting.
About Celeste Connors: Ms. Connors has extensive environmental, energy and economic policy experience spanning a 20-year career. Since 2015 she has served as Executive Director of Hawaii Green Growth, a
Ms. Connors has extensive environmental, energy and economic policy experience spanning a 20-year career. Since 2015 she has served as Executive Director of Hawaii Green Growth, a
About Mary Powell: Ms. Powell has significant experience in utilities and renewable energy, having served as President and CEO of Green Mountain Power since 2008. She serves on the Board of Sunrun Inc., where she is a member of the compensation committee. Ms. Powell also serves on the boards of the Vermont Electric Power Company, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Vermont and The Solar Foundation. Her exceptional leadership has received national acclaim; she was named one of Fast Company’s “100 Most Creative People in Business” in 2016 and one of CEO Connection’s “2017 Most Influential Women of the Mid-Market,” among other recognitions.
About Jim ScilacciMr. Scilacci has considerable experience in the
The Company also announced that it is continuing to evolve its Board leadership as it continues to execute its strategies to create value for its customers, communities
WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALLHEI TO ANNOUNCE 2019 EPS GUIDANCE IN EARNINGS CONFERENCE CALLHawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. will conduct a webcast and conference call to review its 2018 earnings on Friday, February 15, 2019, at 11:15 a.m. Hawaii time (4:15 p.m. Eastern time). HEI will announce 2019 EPS guidance during the scheduled webcast and conference call.Interested parties within the United States may listen to the conference by calling (844) 834-0652 and international parties may listen to the conference by calling (412) 317-5198 or by accessing the webcast on HEI’s website under the heading “Investor Relations,” sub-heading “News and Events-Events and Presentations.” HEI and Hawaiian Electric intend to continue to use HEI’s website, www.hei.com, as a means of disclosing additional information. Such disclosures will be included on HEI’s website in the Investor Relations section. Accordingly, investors should routinely monitor such portions of HEI’s website, in addition to following HEI’s, Hawaiian Electric Company’s and American’s press releases, HEI’s and Hawaiian Electric Company’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and HEI’s public conference calls and webcasts. Investors may also sign up to receive e-mail alerts (based on each investor’s selected preferences) by visiting the “Investor Relations” section of the website, sub-heading “Email Notification.” The information on HEI’s website is not incorporated by reference in this document or in HEI’s and Hawaiian Electric’s SEC filings, except to the extent specifically incorporated by reference. Investors may also wish to refer to the PUC website at dms.puc.hawaii.gov/dms in order to review documents filed with and issued by the PUC. No information on the PUC website is incorporated by reference in this document or in HEI’s and Hawaiian Electric’s SEC filings.An online replay of the webcast will be available at www.hei.com beginning about two hours after the event. Replays of the conference call will also be available approximately two hours after the event through March 1, 2019, by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088 and entering passcode: 10127920.
HEI supplies power to approximately 95% of Hawaii’s population through its electric utilities, Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc., Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. and Maui Electric Company, Limited; provides a wide array of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through American Savings Bank, one of Hawaii’s largest financial institutions; and helps advance Hawaii’s clean energy and sustainability goals through investments by its non-regulated subsidiary, Pacific Current, LLC.
NON-GAAP MEASURESSee “Explanation of HEI’s Use of Certain Unaudited Non-GAAP Measures” and related reconciliations on pages 13 to 14 of this release.
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTSThis release may contain “forward-looking statements,” which include statements that are predictive in nature, depend upon or refer to future events or conditions, and usually include words such as “will,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “predicts,” “estimates” or similar expressions. In addition, any statements concerning future financial performance, ongoing business strategies or prospects or possible future actions are also forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and projections about future events and are subject to risks, uncertainties and the accuracy of assumptions concerning HEI and its subsidiaries, the performance of the industries in which they do business and economic and market factors, among other things. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance.Forward-looking statements in this release should be read in conjunction with the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” and “Risk Factors” discussions (which are incorporated by reference herein) set forth in HEI’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 and HEI’s future periodic reports that discuss important factors that could cause HEI’s results to differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of the report, presentation or filing in which they are made. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, HEI, Hawaiian Electric, American and their subsidiaries undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.