HEI Reports 2019 Results

Full Year Net Income and Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS)[1] Grew 8%

Quarterly Dividend Increase to $0.33 Per Share

Company Release - 2/13/2020 6:00 AM ET

HONOLULU, Feb. 13, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --

2019 Highlights:

  • Solid consolidated earnings with net income growth from both the utility and bank
  • Hawaiian Electric2 delivered on strategic priorities:
    • Achieved 28% of electricity sales from renewable sources; on track to meet or exceed goal of 30% in 2020
    • Integrated nation's highest level of rooftop solar penetration, at 19% of residential customers
    • Completed 20 megawatt West Loch Solar project, contributing to 21% increase in solar capacity in 2019
    • Secured lowest cost renewables to date for Hawaii customers
    • Launched one of the largest U.S. utility renewables procurement efforts, seeking 900 megawatts of new renewables, over 500 gigawatt-hours of storage, and over 200 megawatts of grid services
    • Completed "One Company" initiative, restructuring functions across all three utilities to improve operational efficiency
    • Named 2019 "Utility of the Year" by Utility Dive
  • American Savings Bank achieved solid results despite lower interest rate environment
    • Maintained net interest margin above peers, driven by low cost of funds
    • Completed move to new campus and sales of former properties, realized expected one-time net gain of $5.5 million3
    • Efficiency ratio improved to 57.8% from 59.4%
    • Grew total loans by $277 million, or 5.7% to $5.1 billion

 

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, Hawaii Electric Light Company, Inc. on Hawaii Island, and Maui Electric Company, Limited, serving Maui County. Over the past few years, the three utilities have been restructuring functions across the islands to improve efficiency. As of January 1, 2020 the three utilities now operate under one brand, "Hawaiian Electric."

The after-tax gain on sale of properties and the after-tax campus transition costs for 2019 were $7.9 million and $2.4 million, respectively, and $7.9 million and $0.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, respectively.

 

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) (HEI) today reported 2019 year-end consolidated net income for common stock of $217.9 million and EPS of $1.99 compared to $201.8 million and EPS of $1.85 for 2018, representing net income and EPS growth of 8%.

For the fourth quarter of 2019, consolidated net income for common stock was $66.3 million and EPS was $0.61 compared to $49.6 million and EPS of $0.45 for the fourth quarter of 2018.

"HEI's fourth quarter and 2019 earnings reflect continued solid performance across our companies," said Constance H. Lau, president and CEO of HEI.  "With another year of strong consolidated performance in 2019, and continued confidence in our future prospects, we announced a 3% increase in our dividend yesterday."

"In addition to strong financial performance, in 2019 we made significant strides on key initiatives.  Our utility launched one of the nation's largest-ever renewable procurement efforts, which will add significantly to our renewable energy mix once completed. And we're proud that Hawaiian Electric was named "Utility of the Year" by Utility Dive, a prominent industry publication, for advancing many initiatives that are transforming the power sector today, including renewable energy, electric vehicles, and performance-based regulation," said Lau.

"American Savings Bank completed the sale of two former properties and moved into its state-of-the-art campus, and achieved strong loan growth and an above-peer net interest margin despite the challenging interest rate environment for banks," said Lau.

HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC EARNINGS

Full Year Results:

Hawaiian Electric's full-year 2019 net income was $156.8 million, compared to $143.7 million in 2018. The increase over the prior year was primarily driven by the following after-tax items:

  • $24 million revenue increase from recovery under the rate adjustment mechanism (RAM) and from rate increases to support investments to integrate more renewable energy, improve customer reliability and increase system efficiency;
  • $11 million revenue increase from recovery of the Schofield generation project under the major project interim recovery (MPIR) mechanism;
  • $2 million additional revenue earned under performance incentives for procuring low-cost renewable energy and for better reliability and call center performance; and
  • $2 million lower interest expense due to debt refinancing.

Note: Amounts indicated as after-tax in this earnings release are based upon adjusting items using the current year composite statutory tax rates of 25.75% for the utilities and 26.79% for the bank.

These items were partially offset by the following after-tax items:

  • $15 million higher operations and maintenance (O&M) expenses compared to 2018, primarily due to higher outside services for system support (asset management, energy management, enterprise resource and grid modernization systems); higher overhaul and maintenance expenses for generating facilities; and the reset of employee pension costs included in rates on Oahu and in Maui county as part of rate case decisions;
  • $9 million higher depreciation expense due to increasing investments to integrate more renewable energy, improve customer reliability and increase system efficiency; and
  • $5 million lower net income versus 2018 due to favorable tax adjustments in 2018.

Fourth Quarter Results:

Fourth quarter 2019 net income of $45.4 million was $10 million higher than in the fourth quarter of 2018, primarily driven by the following after-tax items:

  • $6 million lower O&M expenses in the fourth quarter of 2019 versus the fourth quarter of 2018, due to one-time write-offs in 2018, higher enterprise resource system project costs in 2018, and lower generation station maintenance expense in 2019;
  • $3 million revenue increase resulting from rate increases and recovery under the RAM;
  • $2 million revenue increase from recovery of the Schofield generation project under the MPIR mechanism; and
  • $2 million additional revenue earned under performance incentives due to better reliability and call center performance.

These items were partially offset by the following after-tax items:

  • $2 million from lower pole attachment fee revenues; and
  • $2 million from higher depreciation expense due to increasing investments to integrate more renewable energy, improve customer reliability and increase system efficiency.

AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK EARNINGS

Full Year Results:
American's full-year 2019 net income was $89.0 million compared to $82.5 million in 2018. Net interest income was $248.1 million compared to $242.7 million in 2018, primarily due to loan growth and stable net interest margin from the previous year. Noninterest income was $16.7 million higher than 2018, primarily due to the $10.8 million pre-tax gain from sales of former properties and mortgage banking income. This was partially offset by $8.7 million higher provision for loan losses due in part to additional loan loss reserves for the consumer loan portfolio and borrower-specific circumstances requiring additional reserves on loans within the commercial and commercial real estate portfolios. Noninterest expense for the year was $8.0 million higher than 2018 primarily due to higher compensation and benefit expense, as well as higher occupancy costs related to American's move to its new campus.

Loans were $5.1 billion at December 31, 2019, an increase of $277 million or 5.7% from December 31, 2018. Total deposits were $6.3 billion at December 31, 2019, an increase of $113 million or 1.8% from December 31, 2018. The average cost of funds was 0.29%, up from 0.25% the prior year.

American's return on average equity4 of 13.5%, was consistent with full year 2018. The bank's return on average assets was 1.25% compared to 1.20% in 2018.

Fourth Quarter Results:
American's fourth quarter 2019 net income was $28.2 million compared to $22.9 million in the third, or linked quarter and $21.8 million in the prior year quarter. The increase in net income compared to the linked and prior year quarters was driven by higher noninterest income, largely related to the sales of former properties, offset by higher provision expense, lower net interest income, and higher noninterest expense.

American's fourth quarter of 2019 return on average equity4 was 16.5%, compared to 13.8% in the linked quarter and 14.1% in the fourth quarter of 2018. Return on average assets was 1.58% compared to 1.29% in the linked quarter and 1.25% in the same quarter last year.

Please refer to American's news release issued on January 30, 2020 for additional information on American.

HOLDING AND OTHER COMPANIES
The holding and other companies' net loss was $27.9 million in 2019 compared to $24.4 million in 2018.  The higher net loss for 2019 was primarily driven by higher interest expense associated with long-term debt issued in the fourth quarter of 2018. The fourth quarter net loss of $7.3 million was comparable to the prior year quarter.

BOARD INCREASES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND
On February 12, 2020, HEI announced that the Board of Directors increased HEI's quarterly cash dividend from $0.32 per share to $0.33 per share, payable on March 10, 2020, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 26, 2020 (ex-dividend date is February 25, 2020). The revised quarterly dividend amount is equivalent to an annual rate of $1.32 per share. Dividends have been paid uninterrupted since 1901. At the indicated annual dividend rate and based on the closing price per share on February 11, 2020 of $48.14, HEI's dividend yield is 2.7%.

4 Bank return on average equity calculated using weighted average daily common equity.

WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS EARNINGS AND EPS GUIDANCE
HEI will conduct a webcast and conference call to review its fourth quarter 2019 earnings and 2020 EPS guidance on Thursday, February 13, 2020, at 11:15 a.m.Hawaii time (4:15 p.m. Eastern time).

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 at www.hei.com under the "Investor Relations" section, sub-heading "News and Events." 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 the Investor Relations section of HEI's website at www.hei.com in addition to following HEI's, Hawaiian Electric's and American's press releases, HEI's and Hawaiian Electric'sSecurities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings and HEI's public conference calls and webcasts. The information on HEI's website is not incorporated by reference in this document or in HEI's and Hawaiian Electric'sSEC filings unless, and except to the extent, specifically incorporated by reference. Investors may also wish to refer to the Public Utilities Commission of the State of Hawaii (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'sSEC filings.

An online replay of the February 13, 2020 webcast will be available on HEI's website beginning about two hours after the event. Audio replays of the conference call will also be available approximately two hours after the event through February 27, 2020, by dialing (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088 and entering passcode: 10136945.

HEI supplies power to approximately 95% of Hawaii's population through its electric utility, Hawaiian Electric; provides a wide array of banking and other financial services to consumers and businesses through American, 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.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This 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 international, national and local economic, environmental, political 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 and Hawaiian Electric's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and HEI's and Hawaiian Electric's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2019 and HEI's other 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 release, 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.

 

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (HEI) and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME DATA

(Unaudited)



Three months ended December 31


Years ended December 31

(in thousands, except per share amounts)


2019


2018


2019


2018

Revenues









Electric utility


$

645,333



$

680,563



$

2,545,942



$

2,546,525


Bank


80,630



81,256



328,570



314,275


Other


3



(169)



89



49


Total revenues


725,966



761,650



2,874,601



2,860,849


Expenses









Electric utility


575,002



619,451



2,291,564



2,304,864


Bank (includes $10.8 million gain on sales of properties in 2019)


45,403



52,089



217,008



206,040


Other


4,766



5,506



17,355



16,589


Total expenses


625,171



677,046



2,525,927



2,527,493


Operating income (loss)









Electric utility


70,331



61,112



254,378



241,661


Bank


35,227



29,167



111,562



108,235


Other


(4,763)



(5,675)



(17,266)



(16,540)


Total operating income


100,795



84,604



348,674



333,356


Retirement defined benefits expense—other than service costs


(634)



(1,289)



(2,806)



(5,962)


Interest expense, net—other than on deposit liabilities and other bank borrowings


(21,818)



(22,635)



(90,899)



(88,677)


Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction


988



1,052



4,453



4,867


Allowance for equity funds used during construction


2,652



2,638



11,987



10,877


Income before income taxes


81,983



64,370



271,409



254,461


Income taxes


15,247



14,324



51,637



50,797


Net income


66,736



50,046



219,772



203,664


Preferred stock dividends of subsidiaries


473



473



1,890



1,890


Net income for common stock


$

66,263



$

49,573



$

217,882



$

201,774


Basic earnings per common share


$

0.61



$

0.46



$

2.00



$

1.85


Diluted earnings per common share


$

0.61



$

0.45



$

1.99



$

1.85


Dividends declared per common share


$

0.32



$

0.31



$

1.28



$

1.24


Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding


108,973



108,879



108,949



108,855


Weighted-average shares assuming dilution


109,405



109,132



109,407



109,146


Net income (loss) for common stock by segment









Electric utility


$

45,361



$

35,297



$

156,840



$

143,653


Bank


28,230



21,767



88,973



82,509


Other


(7,328)



(7,491)



(27,931)



(24,388)


Net income for common stock


$

66,263



$

49,573



$

217,882



$

201,774


Comprehensive income attributable to Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.


$

70,597



$

62,091



$

248,453



$

193,105


Return on average common equity (twelve months ended)






9.8

%


9.5

%


This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI filings with the SEC.

 

Hawaiian Electric Company, Inc. (Hawaiian Electric) and Subsidiaries

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME DATA

(Unaudited)




Three months ended December 31


Years ended December 31

($ in thousands, except per barrel amounts)


2019


2018


2019


2018

Revenues


$

645,333



$

680,563



$

2,545,942



$

2,546,525


Expenses









Fuel oil


179,387



215,292



720,709



760,528


Purchased power


160,920



161,069



633,256



639,307


Other operation and maintenance


119,932



127,686



481,737



461,491


Depreciation


53,936



51,816



215,731



203,626


Taxes, other than income taxes


60,827



63,588



240,131



239,912


Total expenses


575,002



619,451



2,291,564



2,304,864


Operating income


70,331



61,112



254,378



241,661


Allowance for equity funds used during construction


2,652



2,638



11,987



10,877


Retirement defined benefits expense—other than service costs


(709)



(697)



(2,836)



(3,631)


Interest expense and other charges, net


(16,897)



(18,526)



(70,842)



(73,348)


Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction


988



1,052



4,453



4,867


Income before income taxes


56,365



45,579



197,140



180,426


Income taxes


10,505



9,783



38,305



34,778


Net income


45,860



35,796



158,835



145,648


Preferred stock dividends of subsidiaries


229



229



915



915


Net income attributable to Hawaiian Electric


45,631



35,567



157,920



144,733


Preferred stock dividends of Hawaiian Electric


270



270



1,080



1,080


Net income for common stock


$

45,361



$

35,297



$

156,840



$

143,653


Comprehensive income attributable to Hawaiian Electric


$

43,910



$

36,530



$

155,462



$

144,971


OTHER ELECTRIC UTILITY INFORMATION









Kilowatthour sales (millions)









   Hawaiian Electric


1,723



1,671



6,563



6,526


   Hawaii Electric Light


272



268



1,050



1,064


   Maui Electric


296



281



1,127



1,099




2,291



2,220



8,740



8,689


Average fuel oil cost per barrel


$

78.04



$

97.27



$

82.17



$

87.90


Return on average common equity (twelve months ended)1






7.8

%


7.6

%


This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in Hawaiian Electric filings with the SEC.


1  Simple average.

 

American Savings Bank, F.S.B.

STATEMENTS OF INCOME DATA

(Unaudited)




Three months ended


Years ended December 31

($ in thousands)


December 31,
2019


September 30,
2019


December 31,
2018


2019


2018

Interest and dividend income











Interest and fees on loans


$

57,892



$

59,260



$

57,145



$

233,632



$

220,463


Interest and dividends on investment securities


7,160



7,599



10,632



32,922



37,762


Total interest and dividend income


65,052



66,859



67,777



266,554



258,225


Interest expense











Interest on deposit liabilities


3,907



4,384



4,115



16,830



13,991


Interest on other borrowings


249



422



255



1,610



1,548


Total interest expense


4,156



4,806



4,370



18,440



15,539


Net interest income


60,896



62,053



63,407



248,114



242,686


Provision for loan losses


5,607



3,315



2,408



23,480



14,745


Net interest income after provision for loan losses


55,289



58,738



60,999



224,634



227,941


Noninterest income











Fees from other financial services


4,830



5,085



4,996



19,275



18,937


Fee income on deposit liabilities


5,475



5,320



5,530



20,877



21,311


Fee income on other financial products


1,378



1,706



1,977



6,507



7,052


Bank-owned life insurance


1,378



1,660



390



7,687



5,057


Mortgage banking income


1,863



1,490



94



4,943



1,493


Gain on sale of real estate


10,762







10,762




Gains on sale of investment securities, net




653





653




Other income, net


654



428



492



2,074



2,200


Total noninterest income


26,340



16,342



13,479



72,778



56,050


Noninterest expense











Compensation and employee benefits


26,383



25,364



26,340



103,009



98,387


Occupancy


5,429



5,694



4,236



21,272



17,073


Data processing


3,953



3,763



3,681



15,306



14,268


Services


2,378



2,829



2,287



10,239



10,847


Equipment


2,344



2,163



1,801



8,760



7,186


Office supplies, printing and postage


1,192



1,297



1,580



5,512



6,134


Marketing


1,035



1,142



844



4,490



3,567


FDIC insurance


(45)



(5)



635



1,204



2,713


Other expense


3,537



3,676



4,341



15,586



17,238


Total noninterest expense


46,206



45,923



45,745



185,378



177,413


Income before income taxes


35,423



29,157



28,733



112,034



106,578


Income taxes


7,193



6,269



6,966



23,061



24,069


Net income


$

28,230



$

22,888



$

21,767



$

88,973



$

82,509


Comprehensive income


$

33,300



$

26,697



$

35,446



$

118,379



$

75,390


OTHER BANK INFORMATION (annualized %, except as of period end)









Return on average assets


1.58



1.29



1.25



1.25



1.20


Return on average equity


16.45



13.75



14.08



13.48



13.51


Return on average tangible common equity


18.69



15.68



16.23



15.39



15.61


Net interest margin


3.74



3.82



3.95



3.85



3.83


Efficiency ratio


52.97



58.58



59.50



57.77



59.39


Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding


0.41



0.69



0.37



0.45



0.34


As of period end











Nonaccrual loans to loans receivable held for investment


0.58



0.63



0.56






Allowance for loan losses to loans outstanding


1.04



1.04



1.08






Tangible common equity to tangible assets


8.6



8.4



8.0






Tier-1 leverage ratio


9.1



8.8



8.7






Total capital ratio


14.3



14.0



13.9






Dividend paid to HEI (via ASB Hawaii, Inc.) ($ in millions)


$

9.0



$

14.0



$

14.0



$

56.0



$

50.0



This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI filings with the SEC.

 

Contact:

Julie R. Smolinski

Telephone: (808) 543-7300


Director, Investor Relations & Strategic Planning

           E-mail:  ir@hei.com

 

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