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Vistra Energy (VST) Announces Additional $1.25B Share Buyback; Reports Q2

August 5, 2022 6:30 AM EDT

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Vistra (NYSE: VST) today reported its second quarter 2022 results:

Financial and Operating Highlights

  • Results

‒ Continued to experience favorable pricing environment allowing Vistra the opportunity to lock in future value through the continued execution of its comprehensive hedging strategy. Driven by the material increase in forward power prices, which requires Vistra to record the current non-cash, unrealized impact of mark-to-market hedging losses for GAAP purposes, recorded second quarter 2022 Net Loss of $(1,357) million and Net Loss from Ongoing Operations1 of $(1,312) million. The second quarter 2022 Net Loss includes $(1,987) million of such unrealized losses from mark-to-market valuations of commodity positions, the net impacts of which are not expected to be realized in future quarters assuming the company fulfills its obligations through normal course operations. ‒ Delivered second quarter 2022 Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA1 of $761 million. Full year results tracking above midpoint for 2022 Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA1 and Ongoing Operations Adjusted FCFbG1 guidance ranges of $2,810 million to $3,310 million and $2,070 million to $2,570 million, respectively. ‒ Continued executing on comprehensive hedging program, locking in significant value opportunities in future years. As of June 30, 2022, Vistra has hedged over 60% of its expected generation volumes on average for the three -year period 2023 to 2025, with 2023 hedged at approximately 80%.‒ Vistra's hedging program supports Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA mid-point opportunities in the range of $3,500 million to $3,700 million in years 2023 to 2025.2‒ Achieved best residential customer growth in a quarter for TXU Energy in nearly 15 years, also achieved 95% commercial availability3 in an unseasonably warm second quarter.

  • Return of Capital

‒ Executed approximately $1.6 billion of the originally authorized $2 billion share repurchase program as of Aug. 2, 2022, with such repurchases representing approximately 14.6% of the shares outstanding as of Nov. 2, 2021. We expect to execute the remaining portion of the $2 billion authorization before year-end 2022. Accordingly, the board of directors has authorized an incremental $1.25 billion for share repurchases effective immediately. We now have approximately $1.65 billion of authorization remaining for share repurchases, which we expect to utilize between now and year-end 2023. Taken together, the board has authorized a cumulative $3.25 billion in share repurchases since Vistra announced its capital allocation plan in Nov. 2021.‒ Declared third quarter 2022 dividend of $0.184 per share of common stock, representing an approximately 23% increase from the company's third quarter 2021 dividend; paid a second quarter 2022 dividend of $0.177 per share of common stock on June 30, 2022.

  • Vistra Zero

‒ Restored Phases I and II of the 400-megawatt Moss Landing Energy Storage Facility to service at 98% of its maximum capacity on the expected schedule and prior to the hot California summer months. Announced its 50MW Brightside Solar Facility was online in April 2022. Announced in each of May and June 2022 that its 260MW DeCordova Energy Storage Facility and its 108MW Emerald Grove Solar Facility were online, respectively. Actively reviewing its development portfolio for additional opportunities in light of market conditions and the newly introduced Inflation Reduction Act.

"We continue to prioritize the realization of our four previously announced strategic priorities, while fulfilling our everyday mission: to provide reliable, affordable and ever-cleaner power to the communities we serve. We delivered strong results in the second quarter and are focused on executing well this summer in both generation and retail," said Jim Burke, president and CEO of Vistra. "Our comprehensive hedging strategy continues to lock in significant potential value in the outer years 2023-2025. This plan combined with our operational performance has increased our confidence in the outlook for 2022 and beyond. The authorization of the incremental $1.25 billion for share repurchases is a testament to the confidence that the board and management have in Vistra's future. We are committed to providing the power that the electric grid and our customers need, growing our Vistra Zero portfolio, all while driving significant shareholder value."

(1)

Excludes the Asset Closure segment. Net Income (Loss) from Ongoing Operations, Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA, and Ongoing Operations Adjusted FCFbG are non-GAAP financial measures. See the "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" tables for further detail.

(2)

Reflects potential mid-point opportunity range of Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA for years 2023-2025 based on curves as of April 29, 2022; this range of opportunities is not intended to be guidance.

(3)

Commercial availability defined as measure of the ability of the fossil fleets in the Texas, East, West and Sunset segments to meet demand during the highest margin hours.

Summary of Financial Results for the Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2022

Three Months Ended June 30,

Six Months Ended June 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Net income (loss)

$ (1,357)

$ 35

$ (1,641)

$ (2,004)

Ongoing operations net income (loss)

$ (1,312)

$ 227

$ (1,534)

$ (1,765)

Ongoing operations Adjusted EBITDA

$ 761

$ 854

$ 1,308

$ (354)

Adjusted EBITDA by Segment

Retail

$ 403

$ 510

$ 566

$ 310

Texas

$ 181

$ 144

$ 351

$ (1,208)

East

$ 164

$ 160

$ 312

$ 380

West

$ 40

$ 21

$ 66

$ 45

Sunset

$ (16)

$ 25

$ 33

$ 127

Corporate and Other

$ (11)

$ (6)

$ (20)

$ (8)

Asset Closure

$ (24)

$ (43)

$ (30)

$ (76)

For the three months ended June 30, 2022, Vistra reported Net Loss of $(1,357) million, Net Loss from Ongoing Operations1 of $(1,312) million, and Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA1 of $761 million. Vistra's second quarter 2022 Net Loss of $(1,357) million reflects a change of $(1,392) million as compared second quarter 2021 Net Income of $35 million, driven by the GAAP accounting impacts of approximately $2 billion of mark-to-market non-cash, unrealized hedging losses in second quarter 2022 recorded solely as a result of a material increase in forward power prices. Vistra's second quarter 2022 Adjusted EBITDA from Ongoing Operations was $93 million lower than second quarter 2021 results2, primarily driven by the positive impacts of self-help initiatives in second quarter 2021 that were one-time benefits.

Vistra reported second quarter 2022 Adjusted EBITDA from Ongoing Operations from the Retail segment of $403 million, approximately $107 million lower than second quarter 2021 results, driven by the impact of the above-referenced self-help initiatives in second quarter 2021 that were one-time benefits, offset by favorable margins, residential customer counts and weather in Texas in second quarter 2022. Second quarter 2022 Adjusted EBITDA from Ongoing Operations from the generation segments3, on an aggregate basis, totaled $358 million, $14 million higher than second quarter 2021 results2 driven primarily by impacts of favorable pricing offset by coal constraints and one-time benefits of self-help initiatives in second quarter 2021.

(1)

Excludes the Asset Closure segment. Net Income (Loss) from Ongoing Operations, Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA, and Ongoing Operations Adjusted FCFbG are non-GAAP financial measures. See the "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" tables for further detail. Total by segment may not tie due to rounding.

(2)

Q2 2021 Ongoing Operations Net Income increased $178 million and Q2 2021 Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA increased by $29 million due to the recast of Joppa Power Plant and Zimmer Power Plant, both ceasing operations in 2022, to the Asset Closure segment. Six months ended June 30, 2021 Ongoing Operations Net Income increased $226 million and six months ended June 30, 2021 Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA increased $48 due to the recast of Joppa Power Plant and Zimmer Power Plant to the Asset Closure segment.

(3)

Includes Texas, East, West, Sunset, and Corp./Other.

Guidance

($ in millions)

2022

Ongoing Ops. Adj. EBITDA1

$2,810 – $3,310

Ongoing Ops. Adj. FCFbG1

$2,070 – $2,570

Vistra is reaffirming its 2022 Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA1 and Ongoing Operations Adjusted FCFbG1 guidance ranges of $2,810 to $3,310 million and $2,070 to $2,570 million, respectively.

(1)

Excludes the Asset Closure segment. Ongoing Operations Adjusted EBITDA and Ongoing Operations Adjusted FCFbG are non-GAAP financial measures. See the "Non-GAAP Reconciliation" tables for further detail.

Share Repurchase Program

As of Aug. 2, 2022, Vistra has completed approximately $1.6 billion in share repurchases under its existing $2 billion share repurchase program. Vistra has purchased approximately 70.5 million shares since Nov. 2, 2021, representing approximately 14.6% of the shares outstanding at that time. Taking into account the incremental $1.25 billion authorization, approximately $1.65 billion remains available for execution under the program, which we expect to execute by year-end 2023.

Liquidity

As of June 30, 2022, Vistra had total available liquidity of approximately $3,439 million, including cash and cash equivalents of $1,871 million, $368 million of availability under its corporate revolving credit facility, and $1,200 million of availability under its commodity-linked revolving credit facility assuming the borrowing base equals the aggregate commitments of $2.25 billion.

Earnings Webcast

Vistra will host a webcast today, Aug. 5, 2022, beginning at 8 a.m. ET (7 a.m. CT) to discuss these results and related matters. The live webcast and the accompanying slides that will be discussed on the call can be accessed via Vistra's website at www.vistracorp.com under "Investor Relations" and then "Events & Presentations." Participants can also listen by phone by registering here prior to the start time of the call to receive a conference call dial-in number. A replay of the webcast will be available on the Vistra website for one year following the live event.



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