New Jersey Resources Reports Second-Quarter Fiscal 2021 Results and Increases Net Financial Earnings Guidance for Fiscal 2021

Today, New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) reported results for the second-quarter of fiscal 2021. Highlights include:

  • Consolidated net income of $149.8 million, compared with $73.8 million in the second-quarter of fiscal 2020
  • Consolidated net financial earnings (NFE), a non-GAAP financial measure, of $170.6 million, or $1.77 per share, compared with $84.3 million, or $0.88 per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2020
  • Increased NFE per share (NFEPS) guidance to a range of $2.05 to $2.15 for fiscal 2021 primarily driven by the performance of our Energy Services business
  • Energy Services reported second-quarter 2021 NFE of $96.5 million driven by strong market demand due to colder weather in February 2021
  • New Jersey Natural Gas (NJNG) filed a rate case with the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU), seeking a $165.7 million increase in delivery rates
  • NJNG received approval from the BPU for SAVEGREEN 2020, a new three-year, $259 million energy efficiency program

Second-quarter fiscal 2021 net income totaled $149.8 million, or $1.56 per share, compared with $73.8 million, or $0.78 per share, during the same period in fiscal 2020. Fiscal 2021 year-to-date net income totaled $230.9 million, or $2.40 per share, compared with $149.6 million, or $1.60 per share, for the same period in fiscal 2020.

Second-quarter fiscal 2021 NFE totaled $170.6 million, or $1.77 per share, compared with $84.3 million, or $0.88 per share, during the same period in fiscal 2020. Fiscal 2021 year-to-date NFE totaled $215.3 million, or $2.24 per share, compared with $119.2 million, or $1.27 per share, for the same period in fiscal 2020.

"The results in the second quarter illustrate the value of Energy Services' long-option strategy as we work to deliver more fee-based revenues," said Steve Westhoven, President and CEO of New Jersey Resources. "These impressive results have enabled us to increase our fiscal 2021 guidance for the second time this year and continue to deliver value to our shareowners."

Key Performance Metrics

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

($ in Thousands)

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net income

$

149,809

 

 

$

73,846

 

 

$

230,854

 

 

$

149,598

 

Basic EPS

$

1.56

 

 

$

0.78

 

 

$

2.40

 

 

$

1.60

 

Net financial earnings

$

170,604

 

 

$

84,291

 

 

$

215,261

 

 

$

119,222

 

Basic net financial earnings per share

$

1.77

 

 

$

0.88

 

 

$

2.24

 

 

$

1.27

 

Effective October 1, 2020, NJR changed its method of accounting for Investment Tax Credits (ITCs) from the flow through method to the deferral method. The change is applied retrospectively to all periods presented in our second-quarter fiscal 2021 Form 10-Q (Form 10-Q) that will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Our historical financial reporting presented herein has been retrospectively revised to apply this change. For additional details, please refer to our Form 10-Q.

A reconciliation of net income to NFE for the three and six months ended March 31, 2021, and 2020, is provided below.

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

(Thousands)

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

Net income

$

149,809

 

 

$

73,846

 

 

$

230,854

 

 

$

149,598

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments and related transactions

29,255

 

 

(3,773)

 

 

(8,235)

 

 

(45,539)

 

Tax effect

(6,954)

 

 

897

 

 

1,958

 

 

10,828

 

Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas inventory

(7,209)

 

 

14,622

 

 

(14,741)

 

 

5,735

 

Tax effect

1,713

 

 

(3,475)

 

 

3,503

 

 

(1,363)

 

Net income to NFE tax adjustment

3,990

 

 

2,174

 

 

1,922

 

 

(37)

 

Net financial earnings

$

170,604

 

 

$

84,291

 

 

$

215,261

 

 

$

119,222

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

96,248

 

 

95,584

 

 

96,181

 

 

93,747

 

Diluted

96,618

 

 

95,890

 

 

96,598

 

 

94,073

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

$

1.56

 

 

$

0.78

 

 

$

2.40

 

 

$

1.60

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments and related transactions

0.30

 

 

(0.04)

 

 

(0.09)

 

 

(0.49)

 

Tax effect

(0.08)

 

 

0.01

 

 

0.02

 

 

0.11

 

Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas inventory

(0.07)

 

 

0.15

 

 

(0.15)

 

 

0.06

 

Tax effect

0.02

 

 

(0.04)

 

 

0.04

 

 

(0.01)

 

Net income to NFE tax adjustment

0.04

 

 

0.02

 

 

0.02

 

 

 

Basic net financial earnings per share

$

1.77

 

 

$

0.88

 

 

$

2.24

 

 

$

1.27

 

NFE is a financial measure not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP) of the United States. It is a measure of earnings based on eliminating timing differences surrounding the recognition of certain gains or losses, net of applicable tax adjustments, to effectively match the earnings effects of the economic hedges with the physical sale of natural gas, Solar Renewable Energy Certificates (SRECs) and foreign currency contracts. NFE/net financial loss eliminates the impact of volatility to GAAP earnings associated with unrealized gains and losses on derivative instruments in the current period. For further discussion of this financial measure, please see the explanation below under “Non-GAAP Financial Information.”

GAAP requires NJR, during the interim periods, to estimate its annual effective tax rate and use this rate to calculate the year-to-date tax provision. NJR also determines an annual estimated effective tax rate for NFE purposes and calculates a quarterly tax adjustment based on the differences between its forecasted net income and its forecasted NFE for the fiscal year.

A table detailing NFE for the three and six months ended March 31, 2021, and 2020, is provided below.

Net Financial Earnings (Loss) by Business Unit

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

(Thousands)

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

New Jersey Natural Gas

$

80,541

 

 

$

86,336

 

 

$

130,008

 

 

$

130,192

 

Clean Energy Ventures

(8,872)

 

 

(8,829)

 

 

(19,146)

 

 

(17,008)

 

Storage and Transportation

4,711

 

 

4,258

 

 

8,219

 

 

7,262

 

Energy Services

96,528

 

 

2,487

 

 

98,028

 

 

(2,635)

 

Home Services and Other

747

 

 

148

 

 

685

 

 

1,257

 

Subtotal

173,655

 

 

84,400

 

 

217,794

 

 

119,068

 

Eliminations

(3,051)

 

 

(109)

 

 

(2,533)

 

 

154

 

Total

$

170,604

 

 

$

84,291

 

 

$

215,261

 

 

$

119,222

 

Fiscal 2021 NFE Guidance Increased Again:

NJR increased fiscal 2021 NFE guidance to a range of $2.05 to $2.15 per share primarily driven by the performance of our Energy Services business during the February weather event. The March 15th guidance update included an estimate of potential bad debt exposure and our revised guidance reflects a refined estimate of our remaining exposure. Today's fiscal 2021 NFE guidance increase is subject to the risks and uncertainties identified below under “Forward-Looking Statements.” The following chart represents NJR’s current expected contributions from its subsidiaries for fiscal 2021:

Company

Expected Fiscal 2021
Net Financial Earnings
Contribution

New Jersey Natural Gas

51 to 55 percent

Clean Energy Ventures

9 to 14 percent

Storage and Transportation

6 to 10 percent

Energy Services

25 to 30 percent

Home Services and Other

0 to 2 percent

In providing fiscal 2021 NFE guidance, management is aware there could be differences between reported GAAP earnings and NFE due to matters such as, but not limited to, the positions of our energy-related derivatives. Management is not able to reasonably estimate the aggregate impact or significance of these items on reported earnings and, therefore, is not able to provide a reconciliation to the corresponding GAAP equivalent for its operating earnings guidance without unreasonable efforts.

New Jersey Natural Gas

NJNG reported second-quarter fiscal 2021 NFE of $80.5 million, compared to NFE of $86.3 million during the same period in fiscal 2020. The decrease in NFE for the quarter was due primarily to higher O&M expenses related to increased compensation and technology expense. Fiscal 2021 year-to-date NFE was $130.0 million, compared to NFE of $130.2 million during the same period in fiscal 2020.

Customer Growth:

  • NJNG added 3,694 new customers during the first six months of fiscal 2021, compared with 4,339 during the same period in fiscal 2020. The lower customer growth was due primarily to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. NJNG continues to expect to add approximately 28,000 to 30,000 new customers during the three-year period of fiscal 2021 through 2023.

Base Rate Filing:

  • On March 30, 2021, NJNG filed a base rate case with the BPU, seeking a $165.7 million increase to its base rates. The filing is based on an overall return of 7.53 percent with a return on equity of 10.5 percent. The proposed increase reflects a 56.9 percent common equity component.

Infrastructure Update:

  • The Southern Reliability Link (SRL) will diversify supply to our customers by providing a new intrastate feed into the southern end of NJNG’s distribution system. Construction on SRL began in the first quarter of fiscal 2019 and is over 97 percent complete. The total cost of SRL is estimated to be approximately $308 million. NJNG expects the project to be placed in service in fiscal 2021.
  • NJNG's Infrastructure Investment Program (IIP) is a new, five-year, $150 million program approved by the BPU on October 28, 2020. The IIP consists of a series of infrastructure projects designed to enhance the safety and reliability of NJNG's natural gas distribution system.
  • Safety Acceleration and Facilities Enhancement (SAFE) II is the five-year, $158 million program approved by the BPU in September 2016 to replace the remaining unprotected bare steel main and associated services in NJNG’s distribution system. In the first six months of fiscal 2021, NJNG invested $15.5 million to replace 14 miles of unprotected bare steel main and services.
  • The New Jersey Reinvestment in System Enhancement (NJ RISE) program is a $102.5 million investment program comprised of six projects related to storm hardening and mitigation. During the second-quarter of fiscal 2021, construction continued on a new regulator station, the final portion of the North Seaside Reinforcement project. The project is expected to be complete in the third quarter of fiscal 2021.
  • The SAFE II and NJ RISE programs are eligible for annual base rate increases. On March 31, 2021, NJNG filed its annual petition with the BPU, requesting a base rate increase of approximately $0.3 million for the recovery of the related capital costs through June 30, 2021. NJNG expects to update the filing in July 2021 to reflect actual results through June 30, 2021, with changes to base rates expected to be effective October 1, 2021. The IIP program will have a similar rate recovery mechanism which is expected to be filed in March 2022.

BGSS Incentive Programs:

BGSS incentive programs contributed $2.1 million to utility gross margin in the second-quarter of fiscal 2021, compared with $1.6 million during the same period in fiscal 2020. The higher results for the second quarter were due primarily to improved margins in off-system sales compared to the same period last year.

Fiscal 2021 year-to-date, these programs contributed $6.7 million to utility gross margin, compared with $4.3 million during the same period in fiscal 2020, a 56 percent increase. The higher results for fiscal 2021 year-to-date were due primarily to improved margins in off-system sales and storage incentives compared to the same period last year.

For more information on utility gross margin, please see "Non-GAAP Financial Information" at the end of the press release.

Energy-Efficiency Programs:

SAVEGREEN invested $9.4 million during the first six months of fiscal 2021 to help customers with energy-efficiency upgrades for their homes and businesses. NJNG recovered $5.3 million of its outstanding investments during the first six months of fiscal 2021.

  • On March 4, 2021, NJNG received approval from the BPU for a three-year, $259 million SAVEGREEN 2020 program. The program is effective on July 1, 2021.

Clean Energy Ventures (CEV)

CEV reported a net financial loss of $8.9 million during the second quarter of fiscal 2021, compared with a net financial loss of $8.8 million during the same period in fiscal 2020. Fiscal 2021 year-to-date net financial loss was $19.1 million, compared with a net financial loss of $17.0 million during the same period in fiscal 2020.

The year-to-date decrease in NFE was due primarily to lower income tax benefit and higher O&M related to increased project maintenance and information technology expenses, partially offset by decreased depreciation expense.

Solar Investment Update:

  • In the second-quarter of fiscal 2021, CEV placed the East Hampton solar facility into service, adding 2.7 MW to total installed capacity.

Storage and Transportation

Storage and Transportation, formerly known as our Midstream reporting segment, reported second-quarter fiscal 2021 NFE of $4.7 million, compared with $4.3 million during the same period in fiscal 2020. Fiscal 2021 year-to-date NFE was $8.2 million, compared with NFE of $7.3 million during the same period in fiscal 2020. The increase in both periods was due primarily to increased hub services revenue from Leaf River compared to the prior periods.

Infrastructure Updates:

  • Adelphia Gateway - During the second quarter of fiscal 2021, Adelphia Gateway received all necessary permits from the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and filed for a FERC Notice to Proceed for construction of laterals. NJR expects to place a number facilities into service by the end of the year.
  • PennEast - On February 3, 2021, the U.S. Supreme Court granted PennEast's petition for a writ of certiorari seeking to overturn the September 10, 2019 Third Circuit decision vacating the New Jersey Federal District Court's December 13, 2018 condemnation order. Oral arguments for the case were heard on April 28, 2021, and a decision is expected in fiscal 2021.

Energy Services

Energy Services reported second-quarter fiscal 2021 NFE of $96.5 million, compared with NFE of $2.5 million for the same period last fiscal year. Fiscal 2021 year-to-date NFE was $98.0 million, compared with a net financial loss of $2.6 million during the same period in fiscal 2020. The increase in NFE for both periods was due primarily to higher natural gas price volatility in February 2021, as a result of cold weather in regions where Energy Services had contracted rights to storage assets.

Home Services and Other Operations

Home Services and Other Operations reported second-quarter fiscal 2021 NFE of $0.7 million compared to NFE of $0.1 million for the same period in fiscal 2020. The increase in NFE for the quarter is due primarily to increased service contract and installation revenue. Fiscal 2021 year-to-date NFE was $0.7 million, compared with NFE of $1.3 million during the same period in fiscal 2020. The fiscal year-to-date decrease in NFE was due primarily to increased interest expense compared to the same period last year.

Capital Expenditures and Cash Flows:

NJR is committed to maintaining a strong financial profile.

  • During the first six months of fiscal 2021, capital expenditures spent and accrued were $257.6 million, of which $188.4 million were related to NJNG, compared with $381.8 million, of which $155.0 million were related to NJNG, during the same period in fiscal 2020. Fiscal 2020 capital expenditures include the $167.5 million acquisition cost of Adelphia Gateway.
  • During the first six months of fiscal 2021, cash flows from operations were $356.3 million, compared with $179.1 million during the same period of fiscal 2020. The increase was due primarily to increased NFE at Energy Services and changes in working capital.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This earnings release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. New Jersey Resources Corporation (NJR) cautions readers that the assumptions forming the basis for forward-looking statements include many factors that are beyond NJR’s ability to control or estimate precisely, such as estimates of future market conditions and the behavior of other market participants. Words such as “anticipates,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “may,” “will,” “intends,” “plans,” “believes,” “should” and similar expressions may identify forward-looking statements and such forward-looking statements are made based upon management’s current expectations, assumptions and beliefs as of this date concerning future developments and their potential effect upon NJR. There can be no assurance that future developments will be in accordance with management’s expectations, assumptions and beliefs or that the effect of future developments on NJR will be those anticipated by management. Forward-looking statements in this earnings release include, but are not limited to, certain statements regarding NJR’s NFEPS guidance for fiscal 2021, results of ongoing and future rate cases, forecasted contribution of business segments to NJR’s NFE for fiscal 2021, customer growth at NJNG, future NJR and NJNG capital expenditures, infrastructure programs and investments such as SRL, IIP, SAFE II, NJ RISE and energy efficiency programs, the ability to construct and operate the Adelphia Gateway Pipeline project, and construct SRL and PennEast, and the timing of a U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding PennEast.

Additional information and factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from NJR’s expectations are contained in NJR’s filings with the SEC, including NJR’s Annual Reports on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, recent Current Reports on Form 8-K, and other SEC filings, which are available at the SEC’s web site, http://www.sec.gov. Information included in this earnings release is representative as of today only and while NJR periodically reassesses material trends and uncertainties affecting NJR's results of operations and financial condition in connection with its preparation of management's discussion and analysis of results of operations and financial condition contained in its Quarterly and Annual Reports filed with the SEC, NJR does not, by including this statement, assume any obligation to review or revise any particular forward-looking statement referenced herein in light of future events.

Non-GAAP Financial Information:

This earnings release includes the non-GAAP financial measures NFE/net financial loss, NFE per basic share, financial margin and utility gross margin. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP can be found below. As an indicator of NJR’s operating performance, these measures should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net income or operating revenues as determined in accordance with GAAP. This information has been provided pursuant to the requirements of SEC Regulation G.

NFE/net financial loss and financial margin exclude unrealized gains or losses on derivative instruments related to the company’s unregulated subsidiaries and certain realized gains and losses on derivative instruments related to natural gas that has been placed into storage at Energy Services, net of applicable tax adjustments as described below. Volatility associated with the change in value of these financial instruments and physical commodity reported on the income statement in the current period. In order to manage its business, NJR views its results without the impacts of the unrealized gains and losses, and certain realized gains and losses, caused by changes in value of these financial instruments and physical commodity contracts prior to the completion of the planned transaction because it shows changes in value currently instead of when the planned transaction ultimately is settled. An annual estimated effective tax rate is calculated for NFE purposes and any necessary quarterly tax adjustment is applied to NJRES.

NJNG’s utility gross margin represents the results of revenues less natural gas costs, sales, expenses and other taxes and regulatory rider expenses, which are key components of NJR’s operations. Natural gas costs, sales, expenses and other taxes and regulatory rider expenses are passed through to customers and, therefore, have no effect on utility gross margin. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures as supplemental measures to other GAAP results to provide a more complete understanding of NJR’s performance. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are more reflective of NJR’s business model, provide transparency to investors and enable period-to-period comparability of financial performance. A reconciliation of all non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and reported in accordance with GAAP can be found below. For a full discussion of NJR’s non-GAAP financial measures, please see NJR’s 2020 Form 10-K, Item 7.

About New Jersey Resources

New Jersey Resources (NYSE: NJR) is a Fortune 1000 company that, through its subsidiaries, provides safe and reliable natural gas and clean energy services, including transportation, distribution, asset management and home services. NJR is composed of five primary businesses:

  • New Jersey Natural Gas, NJR’s principal subsidiary, operates and maintains over 7,500 miles of natural gas transportation and distribution infrastructure to serve over half a million customers in New Jersey’s Monmouth, Ocean, Morris, Middlesex and Burlington counties.
  • Clean Energy Ventures invests in, owns and operates solar projects with a total capacity of more than 360 megawatts, providing residential and commercial customers with low-carbon solutions.
  • Energy Services manages a diversified portfolio of natural gas transportation and storage assets and provides physical natural gas services and customized energy solutions to its customers across North America.
  • Storage and Transportation serves customers from local distributors and producers to electric generators and wholesale marketers through its ownership of Leaf River and the Adelphia Gateway Pipeline Project, as well as our 50 percent equity ownership in the Steckman Ridge natural gas storage facility, and our 20 percent equity interest in the PennEast Pipeline Project.
  • Home Services provides service contracts as well as heating, central air conditioning, water heaters, standby generators, solar and other indoor and outdoor comfort products to residential homes throughout New Jersey.

NJR and its nearly 1,200 employees are committed to helping customers save energy and money by promoting conservation and encouraging efficiency through Conserve to Preserve® and initiatives such as The SAVEGREEN Project® and The Sunlight Advantage®.

For more information about NJR:

www.njresources.com.

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

(Thousands, except per share data)

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

OPERATING REVENUES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utility

 

$

310,167

 

 

$

297,220

 

 

$

505,896

 

 

$

516,843

 

Nonutility

 

492,020

 

 

342,394

 

 

750,596

 

 

737,807

 

Total operating revenues

 

802,187

 

 

639,614

 

 

1,256,492

 

 

1,254,650

 

OPERATING EXPENSES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas purchases

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utility

 

113,235

 

 

111,563

 

 

169,380

 

 

203,377

 

Nonutility

 

330,488

 

 

318,384

 

 

503,735

 

 

635,740

 

Related parties

 

1,730

 

 

1,506

 

 

3,464

 

 

3,030

 

Operation and maintenance

 

110,265

 

 

66,832

 

 

183,901

 

 

130,177

 

Regulatory rider expenses

 

18,413

 

 

15,330

 

 

29,114

 

 

27,072

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

26,848

 

 

27,516

 

 

54,210

 

 

52,153

 

Total operating expenses

 

600,979

 

 

541,131

 

 

943,804

 

 

1,051,549

 

OPERATING INCOME

 

201,208

 

 

98,483

 

 

312,688

 

 

203,101

 

Other income, net

 

5,007

 

 

7,261

 

 

9,124

 

 

7,547

 

Interest expense, net of capitalized interest

 

20,153

 

 

19,203

 

 

39,939

 

 

35,273

 

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES AND EQUITY IN EARNINGS OF AFFILIATES

 

186,062

 

 

86,541

 

 

281,873

 

 

175,375

 

Income tax provision

 

39,057

 

 

16,284

 

 

56,498

 

 

32,755

 

Equity in earnings of affiliates

 

2,804

 

 

3,589

 

 

5,479

 

 

6,978

 

NET INCOME

 

$

149,809

 

 

$

73,846

 

 

$

230,854

 

 

$

149,598

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

1.56

 

 

$

0.78

 

 

$

2.40

 

 

$

1.60

 

Diluted

 

$

1.55

 

 

$

0.77

 

 

$

2.39

 

 

$

1.59

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

96,248

 

 

95,584

 

 

96,181

 

 

93,747

 

Diluted

 

96,618

 

 

95,890

 

 

96,598

 

 

94,073

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP PERFORMANCE MEASURES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

(Thousands)

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

NEW JERSEY RESOURCES

 

 

 

 

 

A reconciliation of net income, the closest GAAP financial measurement, to net financial earnings is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

149,809

 

 

$

73,846

 

 

$

230,854

 

 

$

149,598

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments and related transactions

 

29,255

 

 

(3,773)

 

 

(8,235)

 

 

(45,539)

 

Tax effect

 

(6,954)

 

 

897

 

 

1,958

 

 

10,828

 

Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas inventory

 

(7,209)

 

 

14,622

 

 

(14,741)

 

 

5,735

 

Tax effect

 

1,713

 

 

(3,475)

 

 

3,503

 

 

(1,363)

 

Net income to NFE tax adjustment

 

3,990

 

 

2,174

 

 

1,922

 

 

(37)

 

Net financial earnings

 

$

170,604

 

 

$

84,291

 

 

$

215,261

 

 

$

119,222

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

96,248

 

 

95,584

 

 

96,181

 

 

93,747

 

Diluted

 

96,618

 

 

95,890

 

 

96,598

 

 

94,073

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A reconciliation of basic earnings per share, the closest GAAP financial measurement, to basic net financial earnings per share is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share

 

$

1.56

 

 

$

0.78

 

 

$

2.40

 

 

$

1.60

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments and related transactions

 

$

0.30

 

 

$

(0.04)

 

 

$

(0.09)

 

 

$

(0.49)

 

Tax effect

 

$

(0.08)

 

 

$

0.01

 

 

$

0.02

 

 

$

0.11

 

Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas inventory

 

$

(0.07)

 

 

$

0.15

 

 

$

(0.15)

 

 

$

0.06

 

Tax effect

 

$

0.02

 

 

$

(0.04)

 

 

$

0.04

 

 

$

(0.01)

 

Net income to NFE tax adjustment

 

$

0.04

 

 

$

0.02

 

 

$

0.02

 

 

$

 

Basic NFE per share

 

$

1.77

 

 

$

0.88

 

 

$

2.24

 

 

$

1.27

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A reconciliation of operating revenue, the closest GAAP financial measurement, to utility gross margin is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating revenues

 

$

310,167

 

 

$

297,220

 

 

$

505,896

 

 

$

516,843

 

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas purchases

 

118,452

 

 

114,256

 

 

177,761

 

 

210,078

 

Regulatory rider expense

 

18,413

 

 

15,330

 

 

29,114

 

 

27,072

 

Utility gross margin

 

$

173,302

 

 

$

167,634

 

 

$

299,021

 

 

$

279,693

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

(Unaudited)

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

(Thousands)

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

ENERGY SERVICES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The following table is a computation of financial margin:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating revenues

 

$

462,569

 

 

$

313,701

 

 

$

692,046

 

 

$

684,116

 

Less: Gas purchases

 

330,280

 

 

318,912

 

 

504,117

 

 

636,636

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments and related transactions

 

29,348

 

 

(3,146)

 

 

(9,433)

 

 

(45,340)

 

Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas inventory

 

(7,209)

 

 

14,622

 

 

(14,741)

 

 

5,735

 

Financial margin

 

$

154,428

 

 

$

6,265

 

 

$

163,755

 

 

$

7,875

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A reconciliation of operating income, the closest GAAP financial measurement, to financial margin is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

$

99,278

 

 

$

(10,060)

 

 

$

150,860

 

 

$

37,864

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operation and maintenance expense

 

32,998

 

 

4,822

 

 

37,014

 

 

9,560

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

13

 

 

27

 

 

55

 

 

56

 

Subtotal

 

132,289

 

 

(5,211)

 

 

187,929

 

 

47,480

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments and related transactions

 

29,348

 

 

(3,146)

 

 

(9,433)

 

 

(45,340)

 

Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas inventory

 

(7,209)

 

 

14,622

 

 

(14,741)

 

 

5,735

 

Financial margin

 

$

154,428

 

 

$

6,265

 

 

$

163,755

 

 

$

7,875

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A reconciliation of net income to net financial earnings is as follows:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

75,662

 

 

$

(8,435)

 

 

$

114,534

 

 

$

27,590

 

Add:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unrealized loss (gain) on derivative instruments and related transactions

 

29,348

 

 

(3,146)

 

 

(9,433)

 

 

(45,340)

 

Tax effect

 

(6,976)

 

 

747

 

 

2,243

 

 

10,780

 

Effects of economic hedging related to natural gas

 

(7,209)

 

 

14,622

 

 

(14,741)

 

 

5,735

 

Tax effect

 

1,713

 

 

(3,475)

 

 

3,503

 

 

(1,363)

 

Net income to NFE tax adjustment

 

3,990

 

 

2,174

 

 

1,922

 

 

(37)

 

Net financial earnings (loss)

 

$

96,528

 

 

$

2,487

 

 

$

98,028

 

 

$

(2,635)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FINANCIAL STATISTICS BY BUSINESS UNIT

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

(Thousands, except per share data)

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

NEW JERSEY RESOURCES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Gas Distribution

 

$

310,167

 

 

$

297,220

 

 

$

505,896

 

 

$

516,843

 

Clean Energy Ventures

 

6,476

 

 

5,995

 

 

12,846

 

 

12,207

 

Energy Services

 

462,569

 

 

313,701

 

 

692,046

 

 

684,116

 

Storage and Transportation

 

13,926

 

 

11,076

 

 

27,030

 

 

20,148

 

Home Services and Other

 

12,773

 

 

12,365

 

 

25,350

 

 

25,272

 

Sub-total

 

805,911

 

 

640,357

 

 

1,263,168

 

 

1,258,586

 

Eliminations

 

(3,724)

 

 

(743)

 

 

(6,676)

 

 

(3,936)

 

Total

 

$

802,187

 

 

$

639,614

 

 

$

1,256,492

 

 

$

1,254,650

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income (Loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Gas Distribution

 

$

100,876

 

 

$

109,719

 

 

$

163,788

 

 

$

168,776

 

Clean Energy Ventures

 

(6,469)

 

 

(8,087)

 

 

(14,733)

 

 

(15,525)

 

Energy Services

 

99,278

 

 

(10,060)

 

 

150,860

 

 

37,864

 

Storage and Transportation

 

4,185

 

 

2,392

 

 

7,874

 

 

4,559

 

Home Services and Other

 

3,292

 

 

3,182

 

 

5,288

 

 

5,310

 

Sub-total

 

201,162

 

 

97,146

 

 

313,077

 

 

200,984

 

Eliminations

 

46

 

 

1,337

 

 

(389)

 

 

2,117

 

Total

 

$

201,208

 

 

$

98,483

 

 

$

312,688

 

 

$

203,101

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity in Earnings of Affiliates

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storage and Transportation

 

$

3,386

 

 

$

3,921

 

 

$

6,579

 

 

$

7,585

 

Eliminations

 

(582)

 

 

(332)

 

 

(1,100)

 

 

(607)

 

Total

 

$

2,804

 

 

$

3,589

 

 

$

5,479

 

 

$

6,978

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income (Loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Gas Distribution

 

$

80,541

 

 

$

86,336

 

 

$

130,008

 

 

$

130,192

 

Clean Energy Ventures

 

(8,872)

 

 

(8,829)

 

 

(19,146)

 

 

(17,008)

 

Energy Services

 

75,662

 

 

(8,435)

 

 

114,534

 

 

27,590

 

Storage and Transportation

 

4,711

 

 

4,258

 

 

8,219

 

 

7,262

 

Home Services and Other

 

747

 

 

148

 

 

685

 

 

1,257

 

Sub-total

 

152,789

 

 

73,478

 

 

234,300

 

 

149,293

 

Eliminations

 

(2,980)

 

 

368

 

 

(3,446)

 

 

305

 

Total

 

$

149,809

 

 

$

73,846

 

 

$

230,854

 

 

$

149,598

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Financial Earnings (Loss)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Natural Gas Distribution

 

$

80,541

 

 

$

86,336

 

 

$

130,008

 

 

$

130,192

 

Clean Energy Ventures

 

(8,872)

 

 

(8,829)

 

 

(19,146)

 

 

(17,008)

 

Energy Services

 

96,528

 

 

2,487

 

 

98,028

 

 

(2,635)

 

Storage and Transportation

 

4,711

 

 

4,258

 

 

8,219

 

 

7,262

 

Home Services and Other

 

747

 

 

148

 

 

685

 

 

1,257

 

Sub-total

 

173,655

 

 

84,400

 

 

217,794

 

 

119,068

 

Eliminations

 

(3,051)

 

 

(109)

 

 

(2,533)

 

 

154

 

Total

 

$

170,604

 

 

$

84,291

 

 

$

215,261

 

 

$

119,222

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughput (Bcf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NJNG, Core Customers

 

33.5

 

 

32.3

 

 

57.9

 

 

63.0

 

NJNG, Off System/Capacity Management

 

23.6

 

 

28.2

 

 

49.5

 

 

56.1

 

Energy Services Fuel Mgmt. and Wholesale Sales

 

112.7

 

 

155.5

 

 

217.5

 

 

308.2

 

Total

 

169.8

 

 

216.0

 

 

324.9

 

 

427.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock Data

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yield at March 31

 

3.3

%

 

3.6

%

 

3.3

%

 

3.6

%

Market Price at March 31

 

$

39.87

 

 

$

34.97

 

 

$

39.87

 

 

$

34.97

 

Shares Out. at March 31

 

96,262

 

 

95,643

 

 

96,262

 

 

95,643

 

Market Cap. at March 31

 

$

3,837,967

 

 

$

3,344,642

 

 

$

3,837,967

 

 

$

3,344,642

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

(Unaudited)

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

(Thousands, except customer and weather data)

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

NATURAL GAS DISTRIBUTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utility Gross Margin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating revenues

 

$

310,167

 

 

$

297,220

 

 

$

505,896

 

 

$

516,843

 

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas purchases

 

118,452

 

 

114,256

 

 

177,761

 

 

210,078

 

Regulatory rider expense

 

18,413

 

 

15,330

 

 

29,114

 

 

27,072

 

Total Utility Gross Margin

 

$

173,302

 

 

$

167,634

 

 

$

299,021

 

 

$

279,693

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Utility Gross Margin, Operating Income and Net Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential

 

$

124,468

 

 

$

120,541

 

 

$

210,443

 

 

$

197,623

 

Commercial, Industrial & Other

 

23,050

 

 

22,884

 

 

40,090

 

 

38,071

 

Firm Transportation

 

22,878

 

 

21,469

 

 

40,166

 

 

37,128

 

Total Firm Margin

 

170,396

 

 

164,894

 

 

290,699

 

 

272,822

 

Interruptible

 

792

 

 

1,153

 

 

1,630

 

 

2,555

 

Total System Margin

 

171,188

 

 

166,047

 

 

292,329

 

 

275,377

 

Off System/Capacity Management/FRM/Storage Incentive

 

2,114

 

 

1,587

 

 

6,692

 

 

4,316

 

Total Utility Gross Margin

 

173,302

 

 

167,634

 

 

299,021

 

 

279,693

 

Operation and maintenance expense

 

52,951

 

 

39,815

 

 

96,589

 

 

76,000

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

19,475

 

 

18,100

 

 

38,644

 

 

34,917

 

Operating Income

 

$

100,876

 

 

$

109,719

 

 

$

163,788

 

 

$

168,776

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income

 

$

80,541

 

 

$

86,336

 

 

$

130,008

 

 

$

130,192

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Financial Earnings

 

$

80,541

 

 

$

86,336

 

 

$

130,008

 

 

$

130,192

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Throughput (Bcf)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential

 

22.7

 

 

18.9

 

 

36.3

 

 

33.5

 

Commercial, Industrial & Other

 

4.3

 

 

3.6

 

 

6.7

 

 

6.4

 

Firm Transportation

 

5.7

 

 

5.1

 

 

9.6

 

 

9.4

 

Total Firm Throughput

 

32.7

 

 

27.6

 

 

52.6

 

 

49.3

 

Interruptible

 

0.8

 

 

4.7

 

 

5.3

 

 

13.7

 

Total System Throughput

 

33.5

 

 

32.3

 

 

57.9

 

 

63.0

 

Off System/Capacity Management

 

23.6

 

 

28.2

 

 

49.5

 

 

56.1

 

Total Throughput

 

57.1

 

 

60.5

 

 

107.4

 

 

119.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Customers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Residential

 

498,583

 

 

491,419

 

 

498,583

 

 

491,419

 

Commercial, Industrial & Other

 

31,313

 

 

30,545

 

 

31,313

 

 

30,545

 

Firm Transportation

 

31,545

 

 

32,013

 

 

31,545

 

 

32,013

 

Total Firm Customers

 

561,441

 

 

553,977

 

 

561,441

 

 

553,977

 

Interruptible

 

28

 

 

31

 

 

28

 

 

31

 

Total System Customers

 

561,469

 

 

554,008

 

 

561,469

 

 

554,008

 

Off System/Capacity Management*

 

17

 

 

28

 

 

17

 

 

28

 

Total Customers

 

561,486

 

 

554,036

 

 

561,486

 

 

554,036

 

*The number of customers represents those active during the last month of the period.

Degree Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actual

 

2,355

 

 

2,002

 

 

3,773

 

 

3,613

 

Normal

 

2,456

 

 

2,496

 

 

4,031

 

 

4,068

 

Percent of Normal

 

95.9

%

 

80.2

%

 

93.6

%

 

88.8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

(Unaudited)

 

March 31,

 

March 31,

(Thousands, except customer, SREC, TREC and megawatt)

 

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

CLEAN ENERGY VENTURES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SREC sales

 

$

777

 

 

$

1,537

 

 

$

2,069

 

 

$

3,731

 

TREC sales

 

817

 

 

 

 

1,507

 

 

 

Solar electricity sales and other

 

2,268

 

 

1,989

 

 

3,988

 

 

3,547

 

Sunlight Advantage

 

2,614

 

 

2,469

 

 

5,282

 

 

4,929

 

Total Operating Revenues

 

$

6,476

 

 

$

5,995

 

 

$

12,846

 

 

$

12,207

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and Amortization

 

$

4,685

 

 

$

6,603

 

 

$

10,118

 

 

$

12,919

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating (Loss)

 

$

(6,469)

 

 

$

(8,087)

 

 

$

(14,733)

 

 

$

(15,525)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income Tax (Benefit)

 

$

(2,714)

 

 

$

(4,134)

 

 

$

(5,800)

 

 

$

(7,968)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net (Loss)

 

$

(8,872)

 

 

$

(8,829)

 

 

$

(19,146)

 

 

$

(17,008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Financial (Loss)

 

$

(8,872)

 

 

$

(8,829)

 

 

$

(19,146)

 

 

$

(17,008)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates Generated

 

53,863

 

 

57,211

 

 

141,071

 

 

138,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Renewable Energy Certificates Sold

 

3,400

 

 

10,000

 

 

9,495

 

 

19,693

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Transition Renewable Energy Certificates Generated

 

5,627

 

 

 

 

10,310

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solar Megawatts Under Construction

 

12.4

 

 

32.5

 

 

12.4

 

 

32.5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ENERGY SERVICES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating revenues

 

$

462,569

 

 

$

313,701

 

 

$

692,046

 

 

$

684,116

 

Less:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas purchases

 

330,280

 

 

318,912

 

 

504,117

 

 

636,636

 

Operation and maintenance expense

 

32,998

 

 

4,822

 

 

37,014

 

 

9,560

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

13

 

 

27

 

 

55

 

 

56

 

Operating Income (Loss)

 

$

99,278

 

 

$

(10,060)

 

 

$

150,860

 

 

$

37,864

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income (Loss)

 

$

75,662

 

 

$

(8,435)

 

 

$

114,534

 

 

$

27,590

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial Margin

 

$

154,428

 

 

$

6,265

 

 

$

163,755

 

 

$

7,875

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Financial Earnings (Loss)

 

$

96,528

 

 

$

2,487

 

 

$

98,028

 

 

$

(2,635)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gas Sold and Managed (Bcf)

 

112.7

 

 

155.5

 

 

217.5

 

 

308.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STORAGE AND TRANSPORTATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Revenues

 

$

13,926

 

 

$

11,076

 

 

$

27,030

 

 

$

20,148

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Equity in Earnings of Affiliates

 

$

3,386

 

 

$

3,921

 

 

$

6,579

 

 

$

7,585

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operation and Maintenance Expense

 

$

7,139

 

 

$

6,094

 

 

$

13,681

 

 

$

10,972

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Income, Net

 

$

1,591

 

 

$

4,671

 

 

$

2,845

 

 

$

5,368

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest Expense

 

$

3,578

 

 

$

5,621

 

 

$

7,560

 

 

$

8,443

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income Tax Provision

 

$

873

 

 

$

1,105

 

 

$

1,519

 

 

$

1,807

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income

 

$

4,711

 

 

$

4,258

 

 

$

8,219

 

 

$

7,262

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOME SERVICES AND OTHER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Revenues

 

$

12,773

 

 

$

12,365

 

 

$

25,350

 

 

$

25,272

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating Income

 

$

3,292

 

 

$

3,182

 

 

$

5,288

 

 

$

5,310

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Income (Expense), Net

 

$

(876)

 

 

$

(520)

 

 

$

(1,700)

 

 

$

(1,048)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Income

 

$

747

 

 

$

148

 

 

$

685

 

 

$

1,257

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net Financial Earnings

 

$

747

 

 

$

148

 

 

$

685

 

 

$

1,257

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Service Contract Customers at March 31

 

106,471

 

 

107,648

 

 

106,471

 

 

107,648