HEI Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

1Q21 Net Income of $64.4 million and Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS)¹ of $0.59 Utility Focused on Achieving Cost Reductions to Benefit Customers and Transition to Performance-Based Regulation Bank Results Reflect Moderating Credit Risk Environment as Hawaii Economy Begins to Recover

May 7, 2021 6:00 AM EDT

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HONOLULU, May 7, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (NYSE: HE) (HEI) today reported consolidated net income for common stock for the first quarter of 2021 of $64.4 million and EPS of $0.59 compared to $33.4 million and EPS of $0.31 for the first quarter of 2020.

"Both our utility and bank reported stronger earnings for the first quarter of 2021 as Hawaii's economy began to recover," said Constance H. Lau, HEI president and CEO. "I am proud of the dedication of our employees and the resilience of our companies to continue to provide essential electricity and banking services for our customers while helping Hawaii reach its aggressive climate goals and 'build back better.'

"Our utility's strong performance reflects continued savings from the cost management program we began last year, with the benefits to be reflected in customer rates later this year. We're also focused on collaborating with stakeholders to ensure all interests are aligned as we continue the transition to performance-based regulation (PBR) and working together to bring projects from our renewable procurements to fruition.

"Our bank's strong first quarter results reflect good execution in an environment that remains challenging for bank profitability. Strong residential mortgage production and new ASB CARES or paycheck protection program loans are bright spots, while record deposit growth continues to outpace lending opportunities in this early stage of Hawaii's economic recovery. Our bank's results benefited from a reduction of reserves for credit losses, as certain commercial credits earned upgrades and our exposure to riskier unsecured consumer loans declined," said Lau.

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1  Unless otherwise indicated, throughout this release earnings per share (EPS) refers to diluted earnings per share.              

HAWAIIAN ELECTRIC COMPANY EARNINGS

Hawaiian Electric Company's (Hawaiian Electric) net income for the first quarter of 2021 was $43.4 million, compared to $23.9 million in the first quarter of 2020, primarily driven by the following after-tax items:

  • $10 million lower operations & maintenance expenses compared to the first quarter of 2020, primarily due to i) lower staffing levels and efficiency improvements; ii) timing-related items, including higher bad debt expense in the first quarter of 2020 related to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on customers (such bad debt expense was later reclassified according to a Hawaii Public Utilities Commission decision allowing deferral), and fewer generating facility overhauls, some of which are expected to be performed later in 2021; and iii) higher costs in 2020 related to an increase in an environmental reserve and outside services to support the PBR docket and other customer service projects;
  • $5 million revenue increase from higher rate adjustment mechanism (RAM) revenues;
  • $4 million revenue increase related solely to a change in the timing for revenue recognition within the year, which eliminates seasonality in recognizing target revenues and results in recognizing revenues evenly throughout the year, with target revenues recognized on an annual basis remaining unchanged;
  • $1 million lower enterprise resource planning system implementation benefits to be passed on to customers; and
  • $1 million lower non-service pension costs due to the reset of pension costs included in rates as part of a final rate case decision.

These items were partially offset by $1 million higher depreciation expense due to increasing investments to integrate more renewable energy and improve customer reliability and system efficiency.

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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.

AMERICAN SAVINGS BANK EARNINGS

American Savings Bank's (American) first quarter of 2021 net income was $29.6 million, compared to $15.7 million in the fourth, or linked, quarter of 2020 and $15.8 million in the first quarter of 2020. The increase in net income compared to the linked and prior year quarters was primarily due to a release of $8.4 million in provision for credit losses in the first quarter, compared to provisions for credit losses of $11.3 million in the linked quarter and $10.4 million in the first quarter of 2020. 

Total loans were $5.3 billion as of March 31, 2021, down 0.4% from December 31, 2020. Total loans were lower primarily due to declines in the residential mortgage and home equity line of credit portfolios. While residential mortgage originations remained strong, the bank continued to strategically sell residential mortgage production in the secondary market. The decrease in these portfolios was partially offset by growth within the ASB CARES (Paycheck Protection Program) and commercial real estate portfolios. During the quarter, American originated $150 million in ASB CARES loans supporting small businesses and their employees.    

Total deposits were $7.7 billion as of March 31, 2021, an increase of 4.9% from December 31, 2020. For the first quarter of 2021, the average cost of funds was 0.08%, down one basis point versus the linked quarter and down sixteen basis points versus the prior year quarter.      

Overall, American's return on average equity2 for the first quarter of 2021 was 16.0%, compared to 8.6% in the linked quarter and 9.1% in the first quarter of 2020. Return on average assets was 1.40% for the first quarter of 2021, compared to 0.77% in the linked quarter and 0.87% in the same quarter last year.

In the first quarter of 2021, American paid dividends of $5.0 million to HEI. American had a leverage ratio of 8.3% at March 31, 2021.

Please refer to American's news release issued on April 30, 2021 for additional information on American.

HOLDING AND OTHER COMPANIES

The holding and other companies' net loss was $8.6 million in the first quarter of 2021 compared to $6.2 million in the first quarter of 2020. The greater net loss was primarily due to timing of charitable contributions to support communities affected by the pandemic.

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

BOARD DECLARES QUARTERLY DIVIDEND

On May 6, 2021, HEI announced that the Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.34 per share, payable on June 10, 2021 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 20, 2021 (ex-dividend date is May 19, 2021). This quarterly dividend is equivalent to an annual rate of $1.36 per share. Dividends have been paid on an uninterrupted basis since 1901. At the indicated annual dividend rate and based on the closing price per share on May 6, 2021 of $43.47, HEI's dividend yield is 3.1%.

WEBCAST AND CONFERENCE CALL TO DISCUSS EARNINGS AND 2021 GUIDANCE

HEI will conduct a webcast and conference call to review its consolidated results and 2021 earnings guidance and outlook on Friday, May 7, 2021 at 7:30 a.m. Hawaii time (1:30 p.m. Eastern).

Parties in the U.S. may listen to the conference call by dialing (844) 834-0652. International parties may listen to the conference call by dialing (412) 317-5198. Parties may also access presentation materials and/or listen to the conference call by visiting the conference call/webcast link on HEI's website at www.hei.com under the "Investor Relations" section, sub-heading "News and Events — Events and Presentations."

A replay will be available online and via phone. The online replay will be available on HEI's website about two hours after the event. An audio replay will also be available about two hours after the event through May 21, 2021. To access the audio replay, dial (877) 344-7529 (U.S.) or (412) 317-0088 (international) and enter passcode 10153633.

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's Securities 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's SEC 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 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's SEC filings.

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.

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 economic, 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020 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 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 March 31

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

2021

2020

Revenues

Electric utility

$

564,864

$

597,442

Bank

77,131

79,738

Other

951

6

Total revenues

642,946

677,186

Expenses

Electric utility

495,750

553,484

Bank

41,835

60,335

Other

7,330

3,665

Total expenses

544,915

617,484

Operating income (loss)

Electric utility

69,114

43,958

Bank

35,296

19,403

Other

(6,379)

(3,659)

Total operating income

98,031

59,702

Retirement defined benefits credit (expense)—other than service costs

2,435

(934)

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

(23,736)

(21,775)

Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction

747

688

Allowance for equity funds used during construction

2,191

2,015

Gain on sale of investment securities, net

528

Income before income taxes

80,196

39,696

Income taxes

15,365

5,803

Net income

64,831

33,893

Preferred stock dividends of subsidiaries

473

473

Net income for common stock

$

64,358

$

33,420

Basic earnings per common share

$

0.59

$

0.31

Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.59

$

0.31

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.34

$

0.33

Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding

109,221

109,051

Weighted-average shares assuming dilution

109,492

109,365

Net income (loss) for common stock by segment

Electric utility

$

43,358

$

23,905

Bank

29,556

15,761

Other

(8,556)

(6,246)

Net income for common stock

$

64,358

$

33,420

Comprehensive income attributable to Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.

$

20,342

$

51,632

Return on average common equity (%) (twelve months ended)

10.0

9.2

This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI filings with the SEC. Results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for future interim periods or the full year.

 

 

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

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME DATA

(Unaudited)

Three months ended March 31

($ in thousands, except per barrel amounts)

2021

2020

Revenues

$

564,864

$

597,442

Expenses

Fuel oil

127,427

173,221

Purchased power

142,296

139,816

Other operation and maintenance

114,570

127,547

Depreciation

57,355

55,850

Taxes, other than income taxes

54,102

57,050

Total expenses

495,750

553,484

Operating income

69,114

43,958

Allowance for equity funds used during construction

2,191

2,015

Retirement defined benefits credit (expense)—other than service costs

1,021

(381)

Interest expense and other charges, net

(17,983)

(16,594)

Allowance for borrowed funds used during construction

747

688

Income before income taxes

55,090

29,686

Income taxes

11,233

5,282

Net income

43,857

24,404

Preferred stock dividends of subsidiaries

229

229

Net income attributable to Hawaiian Electric

43,628

24,175

Preferred stock dividends of Hawaiian Electric

270

270

Net income for common stock

$

43,358

$

23,905

Comprehensive income attributable to Hawaiian Electric

$

43,392

$

23,931

OTHER ELECTRIC UTILITY INFORMATION

Kilowatthour sales (millions)

   Hawaiian Electric

1,428

1,496

   Hawaii Electric Light

245

252

   Maui Electric

236

258

1,909

2,006

Average fuel oil cost per barrel

$

63.87

$

80.78

Return on average common equity (%) (twelve months ended)1

9.0

7.4

1  Simple average.

This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in Hawaiian Electric filings with the SEC. Results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for future interim periods or the full year.

 

American Savings Bank, F.S.B.

STATEMENTS OF INCOME DATA

(Unaudited)

Three months ended 

(in thousands)

March 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

March 31, 2020

Interest and dividend income

Interest and fees on loans

$

49,947

$

52,629

$

55,545

Interest and dividends on investment securities

8,673

7,590

9,430

Total interest and dividend income

58,620

60,219

64,975

Interest expense

Interest on deposit liabilities

1,462

1,709

3,587

Interest on other borrowings

27

11

313

Total interest expense

1,489

1,720

3,900

Net interest income

57,131

58,499

61,075

Provision for credit losses

(8,435)

11,307

10,401

Net interest income after provision for credit losses

65,566

47,192

50,674

Noninterest income

Fees from other financial services

5,073

4,541

4,571

Fee income on deposit liabilities

3,863

4,217

5,113

Fee income on other financial products

2,442

1,773

1,872

Bank-owned life insurance

2,561

2,051

794

Mortgage banking income

4,300

7,801

2,000

Gains on sale of investment securities, net

528

Other income, net

272

(187)

413

Total noninterest income

19,039

20,196

14,763

Noninterest expense

Compensation and employee benefits

28,037

27,156

25,777

Occupancy

4,969

5,171

5,267

Data processing

4,351

3,717

3,837

Services

2,862

3,214

2,809

Equipment

2,222

2,371

2,339

Office supplies, printing and postage

1,044

1,046

1,341

Marketing

648

1,527

802

FDIC insurance

816

775

102

Other expense

2,554

4,470

4,194

Total noninterest expense

47,503

49,447

46,468

Income before income taxes

37,102

17,941

18,969

Income taxes

7,546

2,283

3,208

Net income

$

29,556

$

15,658

$

15,761

Comprehensive income

$

(16,198)

$

18,306

$

35,608

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

Return on average assets

1.40

0.77

0.87

Return on average equity

16.04

8.58

9.15

Return on average tangible common equity

18.06

9.67

10.39

Net interest margin

2.95

3.12

3.72

Efficiency ratio

62.36

62.83

61.27

Net charge-offs to average loans outstanding

0.18

0.36

0.44

As of period end

Nonaccrual loans to loans receivable held for investment

1.00

0.89

0.90

Allowance for credit losses to loans outstanding

1.73

1.90

1.49

Tangible common equity to tangible assets

7.3

7.9

8.3

Tier-1 leverage ratio

8.3

8.4

8.8

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

$

5.0

$

3.0

$

28.0

This information should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto in HEI filings with the SEC. Results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results to be expected for future interim periods or the full year.

Contact:

Julie R. Smolinski

Telephone: (808) 543-7300

Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Sustainability

           E-mail: ir@hei.com

 

Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc. (PRNewsFoto/Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.)

 

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