Blog: American Water Reports First Quarter 2021 Results – Business Wire

CAMDEN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK) today reported results for the quarter ended March 31, 2021 of $0.73 per share, compared to $0.68 per share in 2020.

“American Water continues to provide essential services to the communities we serve, and our employees again delivered strong first quarter results of $0.73 per share, compared to 2020 results,” said Walter Lynch, president, and CEO of American Water. “Our results demonstrate that we continue to grow our business through the consistent, disciplined execution of our strategies.”

“As an example of this successful execution, we recently announced what will be the largest municipal acquisition in Pennsylvania American Water’s history. On April 6, we signed an agreement to acquire the wastewater treatment and collection system for the City of York, Pa., which will add an equivalent customer connection total of more than 45,000. To date this year, we have added approximately 4,500 customer connections through organic growth and closed acquisitions. We also have under agreement more than 86,000 customer connections, including the City of York,” continued Lynch.

Consolidated Results

For the three months ended March 31, 2021, earnings per share were $0.73, compared to $0.68 for the same period in 2020. The increase was primarily driven by continued growth in the Regulated Businesses from infrastructure investment, acquisitions, and organic growth. The consolidated results were somewhat offset by increased claims expense in 2021 in the Homeowner Services Group (“HOS”), due in part to the extreme cold weather across parts of the country during the first quarter of 2021.

For the first three months of 2021, the Company made capital investments of approximately $342 million, including $336 million primarily for infrastructure improvements in the Regulated Businesses and $3 million for regulated acquisitions. The Company plans to invest approximately $1.9 billion across its footprint in 2021.

Regulated Businesses

For the first three months of 2021, the Regulated Businesses’ net income was $135 million, compared to $123 million for the same period in 2020.

Regulated revenue increased approximately $35 million from additional authorized revenues from infrastructure investments, acquisitions, and organic growth. Revenue increased $55 million, excluding revenue reductions for the amortization of excess deferred income taxes of $20 million which began in 2021 in two jurisdictions, with a like amount reflected as lower tax expense. The increase in revenue was partially offset by higher O&M expenses of $22 million to support growth in the Regulated Businesses and increased depreciation of $12 million, mainly related to infrastructure investment growth.

To date, the Company has been authorized additional annualized revenues, excluding agreed to reductions for excess accumulated deferred income taxes, of approximately $112 million from general rate cases, with $92 million effective in 2021 and $20 million effective in 2022. In addition, approximately $31 million of additional annualized revenues from infrastructure surcharges has been authorized and are effective in 2021. The Company has general rate cases in progress in three jurisdictions totaling an annualized revenue request of approximately $61 million.

For the 12-month period ended March 31, 2021, the Company’s adjusted regulated O&M efficiency ratio (a non-GAAP financial measure) was 34.1 percent, a decrease from 34.5 percent for the 12-month period ended March 31, 2020.

Market-Based Businesses

In the first quarter of 2021, net income for the Market-Based Businesses was $17 million, compared to $22 million for the same period in 2020. The decrease was largely the result of an increase in claims experience, driven by the extreme cold weather in Texas and Illinois, and a continuation of more stay-at-home activities as experienced throughout most of 2020 due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Dividends

On April 28, 2021, the Company’s board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend payment of $0.6025 per share of common stock, payable on June 1, 2021, to all shareholders of record as of May 11, 2021.

2021 Earnings Guidance

The Company expects its 2021 earnings per share to be in the range of $4.18 to $4.28. The Company’s earnings forecasts are subject to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, those described under “Forward-Looking Statements” below and under “Risk Factors” in its annual, quarterly and current reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”).

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release also includes a presentation of adjusted regulated O&M efficiency ratio, which excludes from its calculation estimated purchased water revenues and purchased water expenses, reductions for the amortization of excess accumulated deferred income taxes, and the allocable portion of non-O&M support services costs, mainly depreciation and general taxes. This item constitutes a “non-GAAP financial measure” under SEC rules. This item is derived from American Water’s consolidated financial information but is not presented in its financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. This non-GAAP financial measure supplements and should be read in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP disclosures and should be considered as an addition to, and not a substitute for, any GAAP measure.

Management evaluates its operating performance using this ratio and believes that this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to the Company’s investors because it directly measures improvement in the operating performance and efficiency of the Company’s Regulated Businesses. The Company’s adjusted regulated O&M efficiency ratio (i) is not an accounting measure that is based on GAAP; (ii) is not based on a standard, objective industry definition or method of calculation; (iii) may not be comparable to other companies’ operating measures; and (iv) should not be used in place of the GAAP information provided elsewhere in this press release.

Set forth in this release is a table that calculates the Company’s adjusted regulated O&M efficiency ratio and reconciles each of the components used to calculate this ratio to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

First Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call

The first quarter 2021 earnings conference call will take place on Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at 9 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. Interested parties may listen to an audio webcast through a link on the Company’s Investor Relations website at ir.amwater.com. Presentation slides that will be used in conjunction with the earnings conference call will also be made available online. The Company recognizes its website as a key channel of distribution to reach public investors and as a means of disclosing material non-public information to comply with its obligations under SEC Regulation FD.

Following the earnings conference call, an audio archive of the call will be available for one year on American Water’s investor relations website at ir.amwater.com/events.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater utility company. The Company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to over 15 million people in 46 states. More information can be found by visiting amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Cautionary Statement Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release including, without limitation, 2021 earnings guidance, the outcome of pending acquisition activity, the amount and allocation of projected capital expenditures; the impacts to the Company of the current novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic health event, and estimated revenues from rate cases and other government agency authorizations, are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the Federal securities laws. In some cases, these forward-looking statements can be identified by words with prospective meanings such as “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “predict,” “project,” “propose,” “assume,” “forecast,” “outlook,” “future,” “pending,” “goal,” “objective,” “potential,” “continue,” “seek to,” “may,” “can,” “will,” “should” and “could” and or the negative of such terms or other variations or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are predictions based on American Water’s current expectations and assumptions regarding future events. They are not guarantees or assurances of any outcomes, financial results of levels of activity, performance or achievements, and readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance upon them. The forward-looking statements are subject to a number of estimates and assumptions, and known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors. Actual results may differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements included in this press release as a result of the factors discussed in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and subsequent filings with the SEC, and because of factors such as: the decisions of governmental and regulatory bodies, including decisions to raise or lower customer rates and regulatory responses to the COVID-19 pandemic; the timeliness and outcome of regulatory commissions’ and other authorities’ actions concerning rates, capital structure, authorized return on equity, capital investment, system acquisitions and dispositions, taxes, permitting, water supply and management, and other decisions; changes in customer demand for, and patterns of use of, water, such as may result from conservation efforts, impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, or otherwise; a loss of one or more large industrial or commercial customers due to adverse economic conditions, the COVID-19 pandemic, or other factors; limitations on the availability of the Company’s water supplies or sources of water, or restrictions on its use thereof, resulting from allocation rights, governmental or regulatory requirements and restrictions, drought, overuse or other factors; changes in laws, governmental regulations and policies, including with respect to environmental, health and safety, consumer and data privacy, water quality and water quality accountability, contaminants of emerging concern, public utility and tax regulations and policies, and impacts resulting from U.S., state and local elections and changes in federal, state and local executive administrations; weather conditions and events, climate variability patterns, and natural disasters, including drought or abnormally high rainfall, prolonged and abnormal ice or freezing conditions, strong winds, coastal and intercoastal flooding, pandemics (including COVID-19) and epidemics, earthquakes, landslides, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, electrical storms, sinkholes and solar flares; the outcome of litigation and similar governmental and regulatory proceedings, investigations or actions; the risks associated with the Company’s aging infrastructure, and its ability to appropriately improve the resiliency of, or maintain and replace, current or future infrastructure and systems, including its technology and other assets, and manage the expansion of its businesses; exposure or infiltration of the Company’s technology and critical infrastructure systems, including the disclosure of sensitive, personal or confidential information contained therein, through physical or cyber attacks or other means; the Company’s ability to obtain permits and other approvals for projects and construction of various water and wastewater facilities; changes in the Company’s capital requirements; the Company’s ability to control operating expenses and to achieve operating efficiencies; the intentional or unintentional actions of a third party, including contamination of the Company’s water supplies or the water provided to its customers; the Company’s ability to obtain adequate and cost-effective supplies of equipment (including personal protective equipment), chemicals, electricity, fuel, water and other raw materials; the Company’s ability to successfully meet growth projections for the Regulated Businesses and the Market-Based Businesses, either individually or in the aggregate, and capitalize on growth opportunities, including, among other things, with respect to acquiring, closing and successfully integrating regulated operations and market-based businesses, entering into contracts and other agreements with, or otherwise obtaining, new customers or partnerships in the Market-Based Businesses, and realizing anticipated benefits and synergies from new acquisitions; risks and uncertainties associated with contracting with the U.S. government, including ongoing compliance with applicable government procurement and security regulations; cost overruns relating to improvements in or the expansion of the Company’s operations; the Company’s ability to successfully develop and implement new technologies and to protect related intellectual property; the Company’s ability to maintain safe work sites; the Company’s exposure to liabilities related to environmental laws and similar matters resulting from, among other things, water and wastewater service provided to customers; changes in general economic, political, business and financial market conditions, including without limitation conditions and collateral consequences associated with the current pandemic health event resulting from COVID-19; access to sufficient debt and/or equity capital on satisfactory terms and when and as needed to support operations and capital expenditures; fluctuations in interest rates; the Company’s ability to comply with affirmative or negative covenants in the current or future indebtedness of the Company or any of its subsidiaries, or the issuance of new or modified credit ratings or outlooks or other communications by credit rating agencies with respect to the Company or any of its subsidiaries (or any current or future indebtedness thereof), which could increase financing costs or funding requirements and affect the Company’s or its subsidiaries’ ability to issue, repay or redeem debt, pay dividends or make distributions; fluctuations in the value of benefit plan assets and liabilities that could increase the Company’s cost and funding requirements; changes in federal or state general, income and other tax laws, including (i) future significant tax legislation; (ii) further rules, regulations, interpretations and guidance by the U.S. Department of the Treasury and state or local taxing authorities related to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; (iii) the availability of, or the Company’s compliance with, the terms of applicable tax credits and tax abatement programs; and (iv) the Company’s ability to utilize its U.S. federal and state income tax net operating loss carryforwards; migration of customers into or out of the Company’s service territories; the use by municipalities of the power of eminent domain or other authority to condemn the systems of one or more of the Company’s utility subsidiaries, or the assertion by private landowners of similar rights against such utility subsidiaries; any difficulty or inability to obtain insurance for the Company, its inability to obtain insurance at acceptable rates and on acceptable terms and conditions, or its inability to obtain reimbursement under existing or future insurance programs and coverages for any losses sustained; the incurrence of impairment charges related to the Company’s goodwill or other assets; labor actions, including work stoppages and strikes; the Company’s ability to retain and attract qualified employees; civil disturbances or terrorist threats or acts, or public apprehension about future disturbances, unrest or terrorist threats or acts; and the impact of new, and changes to existing, accounting standards.

These forward-looking statements are qualified by, and should be read together with, the risks and uncertainties set forth above and the risk factors included in American Water’s annual, quarterly and other SEC filings, and readers should refer to such risks, uncertainties and risk factors in evaluating such forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. American Water does not have or undertake any obligation or intention to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances or otherwise, except as otherwise required by the federal securities laws. Furthermore, it may not be possible to assess the impact of any such factor on the Company’s businesses, either viewed independently or together, or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. The foregoing factors should not be construed as exhaustive.

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American Water Works Company, Inc. and Subsidiary Companies

Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(In millions, except per share data)

 

For the Three Months Ended March 31,

 

2021

 

2020

Operating revenues

$

888

 

 

$

844

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

Operation and maintenance

 

419

 

 

 

383

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

157

 

 

 

145

 

General taxes

 

83

 

 

 

77

 

Total operating expenses, net

 

659

 

 

 

605

 

Operating income

 

229

 

 

 

239

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

Interest, net

 

(98

)

 

 

(96

)

Non-operating benefit costs, net

 

20

 

 

 

13

 

Other, net

 

4

 

 

 

3

 

Total other income (expense)

 

(74

)

 

 

(80

)

Income before income taxes

 

155

 

 

 

159

 

Provision for income taxes

 

22

 

 

 

35

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

133

 

 

$

124

 

 

 

 

 

Basic earnings per share:

 

 

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

0.73

 

 

$

0.69

 

Diluted earnings per share: (a)

 

 

 

Net income attributable to common shareholders

$

0.73

 

 

$

0.68

 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

 

 

 

Basic

 

181

 

 

 

181

 

Diluted

 

182

 

 

 

181

 

 

(a) Amounts may not calculate due to rounding.

 

American Water Works Company, Inc. and Subsidiary Companies

Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(In millions, except share and per share data)

 

March 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

ASSETS

Property, plant and equipment

$

25,934

 

 

$

25,614

 

Accumulated depreciation

 

(6,029

)

 

 

(5,904

)

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

19,905

 

 

 

19,710

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

69

 

 

 

547

 

Restricted funds

 

30

 

 

 

29

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for uncollectible accounts of $67 and $60, respectively

 

274

 

 

 

321

 

Unbilled revenues

 

219

 

 

 

206

 

Materials and supplies

 

52

 

 

 

47

 

Assets held for sale

 

654

 

 

 

629

 

Other

 

168

 

 

 

127

 

Total current assets

 

1,466

 

 

 

1,906

 

Regulatory and other long-term assets:

 

 

 

Regulatory assets

 

1,127

 

 

 

1,127

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

98

 

 

 

95

 

Goodwill

 

1,511

 

 

 

1,504

 

Postretirement benefit assets

 

167

 

 

 

173

 

Intangible assets

 

52

 

 

 

55

 

Other

 

199

 

 

 

196

 

Total regulatory and other long-term assets

 

3,154

 

 

 

3,150

 

Total assets

$

24,525

 

 

$

24,766

 

 

American Water Works Company, Inc. and Subsidiary Companies

Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(In millions, except share and per share data)

 

March 31, 2021

 

December 31, 2020

CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES

Capitalization:

 

 

 

Common stock ($0.01 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 186,727,874 and 186,466,707 shares issued, respectively)

$

2

 

 

$

2

 

Paid-in-capital

 

6,757

 

 

 

6,747

 

Retained earnings

 

235

 

 

 

102

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(48

)

 

 

(49

)

Treasury stock, at cost (5,260,064 and 5,168,215 shares, respectively)

 

(363

)

 

 

(348

)

Total common shareholders’ equity

 

6,583

 

 

 

6,454

 

Long-term debt

 

9,325

 

 

 

9,329

 

Redeemable preferred stock at redemption value

 

3

 

 

 

4

 

Total long-term debt

 

9,328

 

 

 

9,333

 

Total capitalization

 

15,911

 

 

 

15,787

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Short-term debt

 

1,115

 

 

 

1,282

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

311

 

 

 

329

 

Accounts payable

 

134

 

 

 

189

 

Accrued liabilities

 

466

 

 

 

591

 

Accrued taxes

 

76

 

 

 

50

 

Accrued interest

 

98

 

 

 

88

 

Liabilities related to assets held for sale

 

80

 

 

 

137

 

Other

 

171

 

 

 

215

 

Total current liabilities

 

2,451

 

 

 

2,881

 

Regulatory and other long-term liabilities:

 

 

 

Advances for construction

 

267

 

 

 

270

 

Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits

 

2,223

 

 

 

2,113

 

Regulatory liabilities

 

1,736

 

 

 

1,770

 

Operating lease liabilities

 

84

 

 

 

81

 

Accrued pension expense

 

368

 

 

 

388

 

Other

 

83

 

 

 

83

 

Total regulatory and other long-term liabilities

 

4,761

 

 

 

4,705

 

Contributions in aid of construction

 

1,402

 

 

 

1,393

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

Total capitalization and liabilities

$

24,525

 

 

$

24,766

 

 

American Water Works Company, Inc. and Subsidiary Companies

Adjusted Regulated Operation and Maintenance Efficiency Ratio (A Non-GAAP, unaudited measure)

In millions

 

For the Twelve Months Ended March 31,

(Dollars in millions)

2021

 

2020

Total operation and maintenance expenses

$

1,658

 

 

$

1,562

 

Less:

 

 

 

Operation and maintenance expenses—Market-Based Businesses

404

 

 

386

 

Operation and maintenance expenses—Other

(26)

 

 

(27)

 

Total operation and maintenance expenses—Regulated Businesses

1,280

 

 

1,203

 

Less:

 

 

 

Regulated purchased water expenses

152

 

 

139

 

Allocation of non-operation and maintenance expenses

43

 

 

31

 

Adjusted operation and maintenance expenses—Regulated Businesses (i)

$

1,085

 

 

$

1,033

 

 

 

 

 

Total operating revenues

$

3,822

 

 

$

3,640

 

Less:

 

 

 

Operating revenues—Market-Based Businesses

549

 

 

533

 

Operating revenues—Other

(17)

 

 

(22)

 

Total operating revenues—Regulated Businesses

3,290

 

 

3,129

 

Less:

 

 

 

Regulated purchased water revenues (a)

152

 

 

139

 

Revenue reductions for the amortization of excess accumulated deferred income taxes

(46)

 

 

 

Adjusted operating revenues—Regulated Businesses (ii)

$

3,184

 

 

$

2,990

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted O&M efficiency ratio—Regulated Businesses (i) / (ii)

34.1

%

 

34.5

%

 

(a) The calculation assumes regulated purchased water revenues approximate regulated purchased water expenses.

 

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