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WEC Energy Group reports second-quarter results

August 01, 2023

MILWAUKEE, Aug. 1, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- WEC Energy Group (NYSE: WEC) today reported net income of $289.7 million, or 92 cents per share, for the second quarter of 2023 — up from $287.5 million, or 91 cents per share, in last year's second quarter.

For the first six months of 2023, the company recorded net income of $797.2 million, or $2.52 per share — down from $853.4 million, or $2.70 per share, in the corresponding period a year ago.

Consolidated revenues totaled $4.7 billion for the first six months of 2023, down $317.9 million from revenues in the first half of 2022.

"After a down first quarter marked by one of the warmest winters on record, we delivered solid results in the second quarter. And we're firmly on track for a strong 2023," said Gale Klappa, executive chairman. "We're focused on the fundamentals of our business — financial discipline, operating efficiency and customer satisfaction."

Retail deliveries of electricity — excluding the iron ore mine in Michigan's Upper Peninsula — were down by 3.0 percent in the second quarter of 2023, compared to the second quarter last year.

Electricity consumption by small commercial and industrial customers was 0.1 percent higher. Electricity use by large commercial and industrial customers — excluding the iron ore mine — declined by 3.2 percent.

Residential electricity use fell by 6.4 percent.

On a weather-normal basis, retail deliveries of electricity during the second quarter of this year — excluding the iron ore mine — decreased by 0.6 percent.

The company is reaffirming its 2023 annual earnings guidance of $4.58 to $4.62 per share, assuming normal weather for the remainder of the year.

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. 1. The call will review 2023 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. 1.

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. 15, 2023. 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 nearly 4.7 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 states ranging from South Dakota to Texas.

WEC Energy Group (wecenergygroup.com) is a Fortune 500 company and a component of the S&P 500. The company has approximately 37,000 stockholders of record, 7,000 employees and $43 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; unusual, varying or 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; natural gas reduction or electrification initiatives, mandates and other efforts to reduce the use of natural gas; the company's ability to successfully acquire and/or dispose of assets and projects and to execute on its capital plan; terrorist, physical or cyber-security threats or attacks 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 ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine; the impact from any health crises, including epidemics and 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, 2022, 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

 

WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)

 Three Months Ended

June 30 

 Six Months Ended

June 30  






(in millions, except per share amounts)

2023

2022

2023

2022

Operating revenues

$                 1,830.0

$                 2,127.9

$                 4,718.1

$                 5,036.0






Operating expenses





Cost of sales

533.0

935.0

1,842.7

2,318.4

Other operation and maintenance

496.0

449.0

1,030.0

903.4

Depreciation and amortization

313.9

279.6

619.4

557.7

Property and revenue taxes

61.8

56.1

131.4

116.9

Total operating expenses

1,404.7

1,719.7

3,623.5

3,896.4

 

Operating income

 

425.3

 

408.2

 

1,094.6

 

1,139.6






Equity in earnings of transmission affiliates

43.6

43.0

87.4

84.7

Other income, net

48.3

19.8

89.1

59.4

Interest expense

178.7

119.8

350.9

237.4

Other expense

(86.8)

(57.0)

(174.4)

(93.3)

 

Income before income taxes

 

338.5

 

351.2

 

920.2

 

1,046.3

Income tax expense

48.5

63.4

122.6

190.5

Net income

290.0

287.8

797.6

855.8






Preferred stock dividends of subsidiary

0.3

0.3

0.6

0.6

Net loss (income) attributed to noncontrolling interests

0.2

(1.8)

Net income attributed to common shareholders

$                    289.7

$                    287.5

$                    797.2

$                    853.4






Earnings per share





Basic

$                      0.92

$                      0.91

$                      2.53

$                      2.71

Diluted

$                      0.92

$                      0.91

$                      2.52

$                      2.70






Weighted average common shares outstanding

Basic

 

315.4

 

315.4

 

315.4

 

315.4

Diluted

315.9

316.2

315.9

316.2






Dividends per share of common stock

$                  0.7800

$                  0.7275

$                  1.5600

$                  1.4550

 

WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

(in millions, except share and per share amounts)

June 30, 2023

December 31, 2022

Assets



Current assets



Cash and cash equivalents

$                        54.7

$                        28.9

Accounts receivable and unbilled revenues, net of reserves of $178.7 and $199.3, respectively

1,315.1

1,818.4

Materials, supplies, and inventories

603.7

807.1

Prepaid taxes

215.1

201.8

Other prepayments

42.8

69.8

Collateral on deposit

151.3

122.4

Other 

74.9

139.3

Current assets

2,457.6

3,187.7




Long-term assets



Property, plant, and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $10,717.0 and

$10,383.8, respectively

31,010.4

29,113.8

Regulatory assets (June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022 include $89.5 and $92.4, respectively,

related to WEPCo Environmental Trust Finance I, LLC)

3,238.9

3,264.6

Equity investment in transmission affiliates

1,955.9

1,909.2

Goodwill

3,052.8

3,052.8

Pension and OPEB assets

951.0

916.7

Other 

352.7

427.3

Long-term assets

40,561.7

38,684.4

Total assets 

$                 43,019.3

$                        41,872.1

Liabilities and Equity



Current liabilities



Short-term debt

$                   1,090.3

$                   1,647.1

Current portion of long-term debt (June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022 include $9.0 and $8.9, respectively,

related to WEPCo Environmental Trust Finance I, LLC)

1,377.5

881.2

Accounts payable

748.5

1,198.1

Other 

880.6

884.6

Current liabilities

4,096.9

4,611.0




Long-term liabilities



Long-term debt (June 30, 2023 and December 31, 2022 include $89.7 and $94.1, respectively,

related to WEPCo Environmental Trust Finance I, LLC)

15,608.3

14,766.2

Deferred income taxes

4,774.0

4,625.6

Deferred revenue, net

363.5

370.7

Regulatory liabilities

3,712.9

3,735.5

Intangible liabilities

621.6

335.4

Asset retirement obligations

502.9

479.3

Environmental remediation liabilities

475.8

499.6

Other 

832.0

832.2

Long-term liabilities

26,891.0

25,644.5




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

4,114.7

4,115.2

Retained earnings

7,570.4

7,265.3

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(6.9)

(6.8)

Common shareholders' equity

11,681.4

11,376.9




Preferred stock of subsidiary

30.4

30.4

Noncontrolling interests 

319.6

209.3

Total liabilities and equity

$                 43,019.3

$                 41,872.1

 

WEC ENERGY GROUP, INC.


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)   

Six Months Ended


June 30

(in millions)  

2023


2022

Operating activities




Net income


$                    797.6


$                    855.8

Reconciliation to cash provided by operating activities 





Depreciation and amortization


619.4


557.7

Deferred income taxes and ITCs, net


113.4


163.2

Contributions and payments related to pension and OPEB plans


(9.2)


(8.6)

Equity income in transmission affiliates, net of distributions 


(13.4)


(17.5)

Change in –





Accounts receivable and unbilled revenues, net


529.5


36.3

Materials, supplies, and inventories


213.3


63.6

Collateral on deposit


(28.9)


0.1

Amounts recoverable from customers


33.7


(31.9)

Other current assets


16.2


23.4

Accounts payable


(388.4)


1.5

Temporary LIFO liquidation credit


2.1


107.6

Collateral received



85.0

Other current liabilities


(41.9)


43.4

Other, net


(89.1)


(117.0)

Net cash provided by operating activities


1,754.3


1,762.6






Investing activities





Capital expenditures


(1,073.7)


(1,028.8)

Acquisition of Whitewater Cogeneration Facility


(76.0)


Acquisition of Sapphire Sky Wind Energy LLC, net of cash acquired of $0.3


(442.6)


Acquisition of Samson I Solar Energy Center LLC, net of cash acquired of $5.2


(249.4)


Acquisition of Red Barn Wind Park


(143.8)


Acquisition of West Riverside Energy Center


(95.3)


Capital contributions to transmission affiliates


(33.3)


(30.3)

Proceeds from the sale of assets


30.4


65.0

Proceeds from the sale of investments held in rabbi trust


10.4


15.4

Payments for American Transmission Company LLC's construction costs that will be reimbursed


(19.1)


(11.2)

Insurance proceeds received for property damage



41.3

Other, net


(9.0)


11.1

Net cash used in investing activities


(2,101.4)


(937.5)






Financing activities





Exercise of stock options


2.3


23.0

Purchase of common stock


(9.5)


(48.4)

Dividends paid on common stock


(492.1)


(459.0)

Issuance of long-term debt


1,450.0


Retirement of long-term debt


(76.8)


(49.1)

Change in commercial paper


(556.6)


(269.3)

Payments for debt issuance costs


(9.6)


(0.8)

Other, net


(2.7)


(4.1)

Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities


305.0


(807.7)

 

Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash


 

(42.1)


 

17.4

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


182.2


87.5

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


$                    140.1


$                    104.9

 

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