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WEC Energy Group reports second-quarter results

August 02, 2022

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) today reported net income of $287.5 million, or 91 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2022 – up from $276.0 million, or 87 cents per share, in last year's second quarter.

For the first six months of 2022, the company recorded net income of $853.4 million, or $2.70 per share – up from $786.1 million, or $2.49 per share, in the corresponding period a year ago.

Consolidated revenues totaled $5.0 billion for the first six months of 2022, up $668.4 million over revenues for the first half of 2021.

"A warm start to the summer, solid results from our infrastructure segment and continued execution of our capital plan were major factors that shaped another strong quarter," said Gale Klappa, executive chairman.

Retail deliveries of electricity – excluding the iron ore mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula – were down by 0.4 percent in the second quarter of 2022, compared to the second quarter last year.

Electricity consumption by small commercial and industrial customers was 0.7 percent higher during the second quarter of 2022. Electricity use by large commercial and industrial customers – excluding the iron ore mine – fell by 2.0 percent.

Residential electricity use rose by 0.1 percent.

On a weather-normal basis, retail deliveries of electricity during the second quarter of this year – excluding the iron ore mine – increased by 0.3 percent.

In light of its strong performance, the company is raising its earnings guidance for 2022, to a range of $4.36 to $4.40 per share. This assumes normal weather for the remainder of the year. The company previously raised its annual guidance to a range of $4.34 to $4.38 per share, from its original guidance of $4.29 to $4.33 per share.

Earnings per share listed in this news release are on a fully diluted basis.

Conference call

A conference call is scheduled for 1 p.m. Central time, Tuesday, Aug. 2. The call will review 2022 second-quarter earnings and the company's outlook for the future.

All interested parties, including stockholders, news media and the general public, are invited to listen. Access the call at 888-330-2443 up to 15 minutes before it begins. The number for international callers is 240-789-2728. The conference ID is 3088105.

Conference call access also is available at wecenergygroup.com. Under 'Webcasts,' select 'Q2 Earnings.' In conjunction with this earnings announcement, WEC Energy Group will post on its website a package of detailed financial information on its second-quarter performance. The materials will be available at 6:30 a.m. Central time, Tuesday, Aug. 2.

Replay

A replay will be available on the website and by phone. Access to the webcast replay will be available on the website about two hours after the call. Access to a phone replay also will be available approximately two hours after the call and remain accessible through Aug. 16, 2022. Domestic callers should dial 800-770-2030. International callers should dial 647-362-9199. The replay conference ID is 3088105.

WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC), based in Milwaukee, is one of the nation's premier energy companies, serving 4.6 million customers in Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota.

The company's principal utilities are We Energies, Wisconsin Public Service, Peoples Gas, North Shore Gas, Michigan Gas Utilities, Minnesota Energy Resources and Upper Michigan Energy Resources. Another major subsidiary, We Power, designs, builds and owns electric generating plants. In addition, WEC Infrastructure LLC owns a growing fleet of renewable generation facilities in the Midwest.

WEC Energy Group (wecenergygroup.com) is a Fortune 500 company and a component of the S&P 500. The company has 38,000 stockholders of record, 7,000 employees and more than  $39 billion of assets.

Forward-looking statements

Certain statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in the statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements concerning management's expectations and projections regarding earnings and future results. In some cases, forward-looking statements may be identified by reference to a future period or periods or by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "forecasts," "guidance," "intends," "may," "objectives," "plans," "possible," "potential," "projects," "should," "targets," "will" or similar terms or variations of these terms.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in any forward- looking statements include, but are not limited to: general economic conditions, including business and competitive conditions in the company's service territories; timing, resolution and impact of rate cases and other regulatory decisions; the company's ability to continue to successfully integrate the operations of its subsidiaries; availability of the company's generating facilities and/or distribution systems; unanticipated changes in fuel and purchased power costs; key personnel changes; varying, adverse or unusually severe weather conditions; continued industry restructuring and consolidation; continued advances in, and adoption of, new technologies that produce power or reduce power consumption; energy and environmental conservation efforts; the company's ability to successfully acquire and/or dispose of assets and projects and to execute on its capital plan; cyber-security threats and data security breaches; construction risks; equity and bond market fluctuations; changes in the company's and its subsidiaries' ability to access the capital markets; changes in tax legislation or our ability to use certain tax benefits and carryforwards; federal, state, and local legislative and regulatory changes, including changes to environmental standards, the enforcement of these laws and regulations and changes in the interpretation of regulations by regulatory agencies; supply chain disruptions; inflation; political or geopolitical developments, including impacts on the global economy, supply chain and fuel prices, generally, from the current conflict between Russia and Ukraine; the impact from any new developments relating to the COVID-19 pandemic or any future health pandemics; current and future litigation and regulatory investigations, proceedings or inquiries; changes in accounting standards; the financial performance of American Transmission Company as well as projects in which the company's energy infrastructure business invests; the ability of the company to obtain additional generating capacity at competitive prices; goodwill and its possible impairment; and other factors described under the heading "Factors Affecting Results, Liquidity and Capital Resources" in Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and under the headings "Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Information" and "Risk Factors" contained in the company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and in subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Except as may be required by law, the company expressly disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking information.

Tables follow

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

                            June 30                           

                            June 30                            

(in millions, except per share amounts)                                                              

2022

2021

2022

2021

Operating revenues

$                 2,127.9

$                 1,676.2

$                 5,036.0

$                 4,367.6

Operating expenses





Cost of sales

935.0

525.9

2,318.4

1,791.5

Other operation and maintenance

449.0

463.8

903.4

943.7

Depreciation and amortization

279.6

266.2

557.7

527.6

Property and revenue taxes                                                                    

56.1

51.5

116.9

106.7

Total operating expenses 

1,719.7

1,307.4

3,896.4

3,369.5

Operating income

408.2

368.8

1,139.6

998.1

Equity in earnings of transmission affiliates

43.0

41.3

84.7

83.9

Other income, net

19.8

39.7

59.4

72.5

Interest expense                                                                

119.8

120.0

237.4

239.5

Other expense                                                               

(57.0)

(39.0)

(93.3)

(83.1)

Income before income taxes

351.2

329.8

1,046.3

915.0

Income tax expense                                                                

63.4

54.1

190.5

129.0

Net income

287.8

275.7

855.8

786.0

Preferred stock dividends of subsidiary

0.3

0.3

0.6

0.6

Net (income) loss attributed to noncontrolling interests                                                               

0.6

(1.8)

0.7

Net income attributed to common shareholders                                                        

$

287.5

$

276.0

$

853.4

$

786.1

Earnings per share





Basic

$                  0.91

$                  0.88

$                  2.71

$                   2.49

Diluted

$                  0.91

$                  0.87

$                  2.70

$                   2.49

Weighted average common shares outstanding





Basic

315.4

315.4

315.4

315.4

Diluted

316.2

316.3

316.2

316.3

Dividends per share of common stock

$              0.7275

$              0.6775

$              1.4550

$

1.3550










 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

 (in millions, except share and per share amounts)                                                                                                                                                

June 30, 2022

December 31, 2021

Assets



Current assets



Cash and cash equivalents

$                        30.3

$                        16.3

Accounts receivable and unbilled revenues, net of reserves of $175.8 and $198.3, respectively

1,447.7

1,505.7

Materials, supplies, and inventories

572.2

635.8

Prepaid taxes

193.0

182.1

Other prepayments

33.5

63.4

Amounts recoverable from customers

134.2

102.3

Derivative assets

189.8

107.0

Other 

41.8

44.1

Current assets

2,642.5

2,656.7

Long-term assets



Property, plant, and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $10,183.2 and

$9,889.3, respectively

27,626.2

26,982.4

Regulatory assets (June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021 include $96.1 and $100.7, respectively,
related to WEPCo Environmental Trust Finance I, LLC)

3,144.7

3,264.8

Equity investment in transmission affiliates

1,837.2

1,789.4

Goodwill

3,052.8

3,052.8

Pension and OPEB assets

942.1

881.3

Other 

361.6

361.1

Long-term assets                                                                                                                                                     

36,964.6

36,331.8

Total assets

$                 39,607.1

$                 38,988.5

 

Liabilities and Equity



Current liabilities



Short-term debt

$                   1,629.1

$                   1,897.0

Current portion of long-term debt (June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021 each include $8.8,
respectively, related to WEPCo Environmental Trust Finance I, LLC)

174.4

169.4

Accounts payable

1,078.2

1,005.7

Other 

936.1

680.9

Current liabilities

3,817.8

3,753.0

Long-term liabilities



Long-term debt (June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021 include $98.4 and $102.7, respectively,
related to WEPCo Environmental Trust Finance I, LLC)

13,523.4

13,523.7

Deferred income taxes

4,493.1

4,308.5

Deferred revenue, net

378.7

389.2

Regulatory liabilities

4,000.1

3,946.0

Environmental remediation liabilities

504.3

532.6

Pension and OPEB obligations

222.2

219.0

Other 

1,176.9

1,203.2

Long-term liabilities                                                                                                                                                

24,298.7

24,122.2

Commitments and contingencies



Common shareholders' equity



Common stock – $0.01 par value; 325,000,000 shares authorized; 315,434,531 shares outstanding

3.2

3.2

Additional paid in capital

4,121.1

4,138.1

Retained earnings

7,169.5

6,775.1

Accumulated other comprehensive loss                                                                                                                                                         

(3.2)

(3.2)

Common shareholders' equity

11,290.6

10,913.2

Preferred stock of subsidiary

30.4

30.4

Noncontrolling interests 

169.6

169.7

Total liabilities and equity

$                 39,607.1

$                 38,988.5

 

 

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

               Six Months Ended


  June 30

(in millions)

2022

2021

Operating activities



Net income

$                    855.8

$                    786.0

Reconciliation to cash provided by operating activities



Depreciation and amortization

557.7

527.6

Deferred income taxes and ITCs, net

163.2

164.4

Contributions and payments related to pension and OPEB plans

(8.6)

(7.6)

Equity income in transmission affiliates, net of distributions

(17.5)

(17.7)

Change in –



Accounts receivable and unbilled revenues, net

36.3

70.0

Materials, supplies, and inventories

63.6

75.9

Prepaid taxes

(10.9)

(46.8)

Other prepayments

29.9

26.5

Amounts recoverable from customers

(31.9)

(193.6)

Other current assets

4.5

12.5

Accounts payable

1.5

(119.3)

Temporary LIFO liquidation credit

107.6

26.7

Other current liabilities

128.4

(9.5)

Other, net

(117.0)

(68.9)

Net cash provided by operating activities

1,762.6

1,226.2

Investing activities



Capital expenditures

(1,028.8)

(1,010.1)

Acquisition of Jayhawk Wind, LLC

(119.7)

Capital contributions to transmission affiliates

(30.3)

Proceeds from the sale of assets

65.0

20.8

Proceeds from the sale of investments held in rabbi trust

15.4

12.7

Insurance proceeds received for property damage

41.3

Other, net

(0.1)

21.7

Net cash used in investing activities

(937.5)

(1,074.6)

Financing activities



Exercise of stock options

23.0

4.0

Purchase of common stock

(48.4)

(11.3)

Dividends paid on common stock

(459.0)

(427.5)

Issuance of long-term debt

1,018.8

Retirement of long-term debt

(49.1)

(341.2)

Issuance of short-term loan

1.4

Repayment of short-term loan

(340.0)

Change in other short-term debt

(269.3)

(12.4)

Other, net

(6.3)

(14.9)

Net cash used in financing activities

(807.7)

(124.5)

Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

17.4

 

27.1

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at beginning of period

87.5

72.6

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash at end of period

$                    104.9

$                      99.7

 

 

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