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Emera Reports 2023 Fourth Quarter and Annual Financial Results

Press Release

2/26/2024

HALIFAX, Nova Scotia– Today Emera (TSX: EMA) reported 2023 fourth quarter and annual financial results.

Highlights

  • Quarterly adjusted earnings per share (“EPS”)1 of $0.63 decreased $0.30 compared to $0.93 in Q4 2022, with $0.17 of the decrease attributable to the recognition of a litigation award received in Q4 2022. Excluding the impact of the litigation award, quarterly adjusted EPS1 decreased $0.13 or 17% to $0.63 compared to $0.76 in Q4 2022. Quarterly reported EPS decreased $0.76 to $1.04 in Q4 2023 compared to $1.80 in Q4 2022 primarily due to higher after-tax mark-to-market (“MTM”) gains in 2022.
  • For the year, adjusted EPS1 of $2.96 decreased $0.24 compared to $3.20 in 2022. Excluding the impact of the litigation award recognized in the Q4 2022, adjusted EPS1 decreased $0.07 or 2% to $2.96 compared to $3.03 in 2022. Annual reported EPS of $3.57 was consistent with 2022 annual reported EPS of $3.56
  • Operating cash flow before changes in working capital increased by 104% to $2.3 billion compared to $1.1 billion in 2022 due to the recovery of 2022 fuel and storm costs in 2023.
  • $2.9 billion planned rate base investment in 2023 was successfully executed, including many reliability focused investments and cleaner energy projects like an additional 230 MWs of solar in Florida bringing Tampa Electric’s total solar capacity to 1,255 MWs; the highest per customer in the state.

“Our fourth quarter was more challenging than anticipated, with unfavourable weather and higher interest rates impacting our performance. However, there were positives, including improved cash flow performance in the business this year and the average annual adjusted EPS growth of greater than 5% that we’ve delivered over the past three years,” said Scott Balfour, President and CEO of Emera Inc. “Our strong forward growth profile, driven by customer-focused reliability and cleaner energy investments is expected to drive our 7-8% average annual rate base growth over the next three years.”

Q4 2023 Financial Results

Q4 2023 reported net income was $289 million, or $1.04 per common share, compared with net income of $483 million, or $1.80 per common share, in Q4 2022. Reported net income included a $114 million MTM gain, after-tax, primarily at Emera Energy Services (“EES”), compared to a $307 million gain and a $73 million non-cash impairment charge related to Grand Bahama Power Company (“GBPC”) in Q4 2022.

Q4 2023 adjusted net income1 was $175 million, or $0.63 per common share, compared with $249 million, or $0.93 per common share, in Q4 2022. The decrease was primarily due to the litigation award received in Q4 2022; lower earnings contribution from EES, New Mexico Gas Company (“NMGC”) and Tampa Electric Company (“TEC”); higher Corporate interest expense; and lower Corporate income tax recovery. These were partially offset by higher earnings contribution from Nova Scotia Power Inc. (“NSPI”) and NSP Maritime Link Inc. (“NSPML”); and decreased Corporate operating, maintenance and general expenses (“OM&G”) due to the timing of long-term compensation and related hedges.

Annual Financial Results

2023 reported net income was $978 million, or $3.57 per common share, compared with a reported net income of $945 million, or $3.56 per common share in 2022. 2023 reported net income included a $169 million after-tax MTM gain compared to $175 million after-tax gain in 2022. 2022 reported net income also included the $73 million GBPC impairment charge and $7 million of NSPML unrecoverable costs.

2023 adjusted net income1 was $809 million, or $2.96 per common share, compared with $850 million, or $3.20 per common share in 2022. The decrease in 2023 adjusted net income1 was primarily due to increased Corporate interest expense due to higher rates and increased total debt; the litigation award in Q4 2022; and decreased earnings at EES. These were partially offset by higher earnings at TEC, NMGC, NSPI and NSPML.

The translation impact of the change in foreign exchange (“FX”) rates on foreign denominated earnings increased reported net income by $46 million and increased adjusted net income by $20 million for the year ended December 31, 2023, compared to the same period in 2022. Impacts of the changes in the translation of the CAD include the impacts of Corporate FX hedges used to mitigate translation risk of USD earnings in the Other segment.

(1) See “Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Ratios” noted below and “Segment Results and Non-GAAP Reconciliation” below for reconciliation to nearest GAAP measure.

Consolidated Financial Review

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