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Ameren Announces Second Quarter 2022 Results


ST. LOUIS, Aug. 4, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE) today announced second quarter 2022 net income attributable to common shareholders of $207 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, compared to second quarter 2021 net income attributable to common shareholders of $207 million, or $0.80 per diluted share.

The results reflected earnings on increased infrastructure investments made across all business segments driven by solid execution of the company's strategy. Earnings were positively impacted by higher Ameren Missouri electric retail sales, primarily driven by warmer early summer temperatures in the second quarter of 2022 compared to near-normal early summer temperatures in the year-ago period. Earnings were also positively impacted by a higher allowed return on equity at Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution due to a higher expected average 30-year U.S. Treasury bond yield in 2022 compared to 2021. These favorable factors were offset by an increase in operations and maintenance expenses at Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois Natural Gas driven, in part, by unfavorable market returns in 2022 on company-owned life insurance investments compared to favorable market returns in the year-ago period, an increase in energy center-related costs and higher transmission and distribution expenses, including storm costs. Finally, the earnings comparison also reflected increased interest expense, primarily due to increased long-term debt outstanding at Ameren Missouri and Ameren Parent.

"Execution on all elements of our strategy, including significant investments in energy infrastructure across all of our business segments, continues to drive significant value for our customers," said Martin J. Lyons, Jr., president and chief executive officer of Ameren Corporation. "We have had a solid first half of the year and expect to finish the year strong. We remain on track to deliver within our 2022 earnings per share guidance range of $3.95 to $4.15.

 "We remain focused on delivering safe, reliable and affordable electric and natural gas services to our customers while executing a growth strategy tied to a responsible clean energy transition. I am pleased to report that as part of that transition, we have accelerated our net-zero emissions goal in connection with the change to Ameren Missouri's integrated resource plan that was released in June," said Lyons.

Ameren recorded net income attributable to common shareholders for the six months ended June 30, 2022, of $459 million, or $1.77 per diluted share, compared to net income attributable to common shareholders for the six months ended June 30, 2021, of $440 million, or $1.71 per diluted share.

The increase in year-over-year six month earnings reflected increased infrastructure investments made across all business segments driven by solid execution of the company's strategy. Earnings were positively impacted at Ameren Missouri due to higher weather-driven electric retail sales. Earnings were also positively impacted by a higher allowed return on equity at Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution due to a higher projected 30-year U.S. Treasury bond yield in 2022 compared to 2021. Ameren Illinois Natural Gas earnings also increased due to higher delivery service rates effective in late January 2021. Earnings at Ameren Transmission were also positively impacted by the absence of the March 2021 FERC order addressing the historical recovery of materials and supplies inventories. These positive factors were partially offset by higher operations and maintenance expense at Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois Natural Gas driven, in part, by unfavorable market returns in 2022 on company-owned life insurance investments compared to favorable market returns in the year ago period, an increase in energy center-related costs, higher transmission and distribution expenses, including storm costs, and the absence in 2022 of a deferral of incurred costs related to COVID-19 to a regulatory asset. Finally, the earnings comparison also reflected increased interest expense, primarily due to increased long-term debt outstanding at Ameren Missouri and Ameren Parent.

Earnings Guidance

Today, Ameren reaffirmed its 2022 earnings guidance range of $3.95 to $4.15 per diluted share. Earnings guidance for 2022 assumes normal temperatures for the last six months of the year and is subject to the effects of, among other things: 30-year U.S. Treasury bond yields; regulatory, judicial and legislative actions; energy center and energy distribution operations; energy, economic and capital market conditions; severe storms; unusual or otherwise unexpected gains or losses; and other risks and uncertainties outlined, or referred to, in the Forward-looking Statements section of this press release.

Ameren Missouri Segment Results

Ameren Missouri second quarter 2022 earnings were $100 million, compared to second quarter 2021 earnings of $111 million. The year-over-year comparison reflected increased earnings on investments in infrastructure. Earnings were also positively impacted by higher electric retail sales, primarily driven by warmer early summer temperatures compared to near-normal early summer temperatures in the year-ago period. In addition, earnings benefited from higher electric service rates effective Feb. 28, 2022. These factors were more than offset by higher other operations and maintenance expenses driven, in part, by unfavorable market returns in 2022 on company-owned life insurance investments compared to favorable market returns in the year ago period, an increase in energy center-related costs and higher transmission and distribution expenses, including storm costs. Interest expense also increased primarily due to increased long-term debt outstanding.

Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution Segment Results

Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution second quarter 2022 earnings were $51 million, compared to second quarter 2021 earnings of $41 million. The year-over-year improvement reflected increased earnings on infrastructure investments and a higher allowed return on equity based on a higher expected average 30-year U.S. Treasury bond yield in 2022 compared to 2021.

Ameren Illinois Natural Gas Segment Results

Ameren Illinois Natural Gas second quarter 2022 earnings were $6 million, compared to second quarter 2021 earnings of $8 million. The year-over-year comparison reflected increased earnings on infrastructure investments, which were more than offset by higher other operations and maintenance expenses driven, in part, by unfavorable market returns in 2022 on company-owned life insurance investments compared to favorable market returns in the year ago period.

Ameren Transmission Segment Results

Ameren Transmission second quarter 2022 earnings were $63 million, compared to second quarter 2021 earnings of $55 million. The year-over-year improvement reflected increased earnings on infrastructure investments.

Ameren Parent Results (includes items not reported in a business segment)

Ameren Parent results for the second quarter of 2022 reflected a loss of $13 million, compared to a second quarter 2021 loss of $8 million. The year-over-year comparison reflected increased interest expense primarily due to increased long-term debt outstanding.

Analyst Conference Call

Ameren will conduct a conference call for financial analysts at 9 a.m. Central Time on Friday, Aug. 5, to discuss 2022 earnings, earnings guidance and other matters. Investors, the news media and the public may listen to a live broadcast of the call at AmerenInvestors.com by clicking on "Webcast" under "Q2 2022 Earnings Conference Call," where an accompanying slide presentation will also be available. The conference call and presentation will be archived for one year in the "Investor News & Events" section of the website under "Events and Presentations."

About Ameren

St. Louis-based Ameren Corporation powers the quality of life for 2.4 million electric customers and more than 900,000 natural gas customers in a 64,000-square-mile area through its Ameren Missouri and Ameren Illinois rate-regulated utility subsidiaries. Ameren Illinois provides electric transmission and distribution service and natural gas distribution service. Ameren Missouri provides electric generation, transmission and distribution service, as well as natural gas distribution service. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois develops, owns and operates rate-regulated regional electric transmission projects in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, Inc. For more information, visit Ameren.com, or follow us on Twitter at @AmerenCorp, Facebook.com/AmerenCorp, or LinkedIn/company/Ameren.

Forward-looking Statements 

Statements in this release not based on historical facts are considered "forward-looking" and, accordingly, involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed. Although such forward-looking statements have been made in good faith and are based on reasonable assumptions, there is no assurance that the expected results will be achieved. These statements include (without limitation) statements as to future expectations, beliefs, plans, projections, strategies, targets, estimates, objectives, events, conditions, and financial performance. In connection with the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, we are providing this cautionary statement to identify important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. The following factors, in addition to those discussed under Risk Factors in Ameren's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, and elsewhere in this release and in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations suggested in such forward-looking statements:

New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors, nor can it assess the impact of each such factor on the business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained or implied in any forward-looking statement. Given these uncertainties, undue reliance should not be placed on these forward-looking statements. Except to the extent required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements to reflect new information or future events.

 

AMEREN CORPORATION (AEE)
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME
(Unaudited, in millions, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended
June 30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,


2022


2021


2022


2021

Operating Revenues:








Electric

$          1,513


$          1,284


$          2,831


$          2,440

Natural gas

213


188


774


598

Total operating revenues

1,726


1,472


3,605


3,038

Operating Expenses:








Fuel

83


173


259


238

Purchased power

318


129


495


320

Natural gas purchased for resale

80


65


373


230

Other operations and maintenance

491


412


952


832

Depreciation and amortization

316


285


615


566

Taxes other than income taxes

129


122


271


250

Total operating expenses

1,417


1,186


2,965


2,436

Operating Income

309


286


640


602

Other Income, Net

62


49


122


95

Interest Charges

126


96


230


196

Income Before Income Taxes

245


239


532


501

Income Taxes

36


31


70


58

Net Income

209


208


462


443

Less: Net Income Attributable to Noncontrolling Interests

2


1


3


3

Net Income Attributable to Ameren Common Shareholders

$             207


$             207


$             459


$             440









Earnings per Common Share ? Basic

$            0.80


$            0.81


$            1.78


$            1.72









Earnings per Common Share ? Diluted

$            0.80


$            0.80


$            1.77


$            1.71









Weighted-average Common Shares Outstanding ? Basic

258.2


256.1


258.0


255.2

Weighted-average Common Shares Outstanding ? Diluted

259.4


257.2


259.2


256.5

 

AMEREN CORPORATION (AEE)
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET
(Unaudited, in millions)



June 30,
2022


December 31,
2021

ASSETS




Current Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$                        7


$                        8

Accounts receivable - trade (less allowance for doubtful accounts)

519


434

Unbilled revenue

400


301

Miscellaneous accounts receivable

81


85

Inventories

600


592

Mark-to-market derivative assets

157


66

Current regulatory assets

333


319

Current collateral assets

222


66

Other current assets

77


97

Total current assets

2,396


1,968

Property, Plant, and Equipment, Net

30,086


29,261

Investments and Other Assets:




Nuclear decommissioning trust fund

957


1,159

Goodwill

411


411

Regulatory assets

1,487


1,289

Pension and other postretirement benefits

808


756

Other assets

963


891

Total investments and other assets

4,626


4,506

TOTAL ASSETS

$              37,108


$              35,735

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current Liabilities:




Current maturities of long-term debt

$                   605


$                   505

Short-term debt

1,021


545

Accounts and wages payable

897


1,095

Current regulatory liabilities

241


113

Other current liabilities

824


568

Total current liabilities

3,588


2,826

Long-term Debt, Net

12,985


12,562

Deferred Credits and Other Liabilities:




Accumulated deferred income taxes and tax credits, net

3,614


3,499

Regulatory liabilities

5,727


5,848

Asset retirement obligations

774


757

Other deferred credits and liabilities

411


414

Total deferred credits and other liabilities

10,526


10,518

Shareholders' Equity:




Common stock

3


3

Other paid-in capital, principally premium on common stock

6,527


6,502

Retained earnings

3,336


3,182

Accumulated other comprehensive income

14


13

Total shareholders' equity

9,880


9,700

Noncontrolling Interests

129


129

Total equity

10,009


9,829

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$              37,108


$              35,735

 

AMEREN CORPORATION (AEE)
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited, in millions)



Six Months Ended June 30,


2022


2021

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:




Net income

$                 462


$                 443

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization

665


596

Amortization of nuclear fuel

28


20

Amortization of debt issuance costs and premium/discounts

12


11

Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits, net

66


59

Allowance for equity funds used during construction

(19)


(16)

Stock-based compensation costs

12


11

Other

33


2

Changes in assets and liabilities

(387)


(690)

Net cash provided by operating activities

872


436

Cash Flows From Investing Activities:




Capital expenditures

(1,538)


(1,763)

Nuclear fuel expenditures

(22)


(4)

Purchases of securities ? nuclear decommissioning trust fund

(122)


(203)

Sales and maturities of securities ? nuclear decommissioning trust fund

114


208

Other

16


2

Net cash used in investing activities

(1,552)


(1,760)

Cash Flows From Financing Activities:




Dividends on common stock

(305)


(282)

Dividends paid to noncontrolling interest holders

(3)


(3)

Short-term debt, net

475


(59)

Issuances of long-term debt

524


1,423

Issuances of common stock

17


258

Redemptions of Ameren Illinois preferred stock

?


(13)

Employee payroll taxes related to stock-based compensation

(16)


(17)

Debt issuance costs

(6)


(13)

Other

?


(4)

Net cash provided by financing activities

686


1,290

Net change in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

6


(34)

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

155


301

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

$                 161


$                 267

 

AMEREN CORPORATION (AEE)
OPERATING STATISTICS



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2022


2021


2022


2021

Electric Sales - kilowatthours (in millions):








Ameren Missouri








Residential

3,055


2,851


6,908


6,681

Commercial

3,381


3,269


6,748


6,594

Industrial

1,037


1,044


2,011


2,018

Street lighting and public authority

16


18


37


40

Ameren Missouri retail load subtotal

7,489


7,182


15,704


15,333

Off-system

1,660


1,512


4,569


2,403

Ameren Missouri total

9,149


8,694


20,273


17,736

Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution








Residential

2,713


2,547


5,828


5,610

Commercial

2,844


2,760


5,706


5,604

Industrial

2,756


2,782


5,423


5,407

Street lighting and public authority

99


99


213


221

Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution total

8,412


8,188


17,170


16,842

Eliminate affiliate sales

(18)


(103)


(94)


(144)

Ameren Total

17,543


16,779


37,349


34,434

Electric Revenues (in millions):








Ameren Missouri








Residential

$                  371


$                  328


$                  703


$                  640

Commercial

298


271


538


487

Industrial

73


71


130


123

Other, including street lighting and public authority

46


85


79


123

Ameren Missouri retail load subtotal

$                  788


$                  755


$              1,450


$              1,373

Off-system

102


34


178


57

Ameren Missouri total

890


789


$              1,628


$              1,430

Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution








Residential

$                  284


$                  218


$                  547


$                  447

Commercial

180


127


338


259

Industrial

53


34


98


68

Other, including street lighting and public authority

(13)


9


(14)


25

Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution total

$                  504


$                  388


$                  969


$                  799

Ameren Transmission








Ameren Illinois Transmission(a)

$                  105


$                    88


$                  203


$                  169

 ATXI

45


48


93


97

Ameren Transmission total

$                  150


$                  136


$                  296


$                  266

Other and intersegment eliminations(a)

(31)


(29)


(62)


(55)

Ameren Total

$              1,513


$              1,284


$              2,831


$              2,440



(a)

Includes $24 million, $15 million, $44 million, and $31 million, respectively, of electric operating revenues from transmission services provided to the Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution segment.

 

AMEREN CORPORATION (AEE)
OPERATING STATISTICS



Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2022


2021


2022


2021

Gas Sales - dekatherms (in millions):








Ameren Missouri

4


4


13


13

Ameren Illinois Natural Gas

31


31


102


99

Ameren Total

35


35


115


112

Gas Revenues (in millions):







Ameren Missouri

$                    29


$                 20


$                  109


$                    83

Ameren Illinois Natural Gas

184


168


665


515

Ameren Total

$                  213


$              188


$                  774


$                  598




June 30,




December 31,




2022




2021

Common Stock:








Shares outstanding (in millions)



258.4




257.7

Book value per share



$           38.24




$              37.64

 

SOURCE Ameren Corporation


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