Edison International :EIX-US: Earnings Analysis: Q4, 2016 By the Numbers : February 22, 2017

Edison International reports financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Edison International – PG&E Corporation, Portland General Electric Company, American Electric Power Company, Inc. and Xcel Energy Inc. (PCG-US, POR-US, AEP-US and XEL-US) that have also reported for this period.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 2884 million, Net Earnings of USD 332 million.
  • Gross margins widened from 18.11% to 22.54% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 37.10% from 35.58%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -54.89% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31 2015-12-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 2884 3767 2777 2440 2341
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 23.2 0.11 -4.5 -2.87 -24.85
Earnings (mil) 332 419 278 270 -71
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 567.61 10.85 -26.65 -9.7 -118.68
Net Margin (%) 11.51 11.12 10.01 11.07 -3.03
EPS 1.05 1.27 0.84 0.83 -0.24
Return on Equity (%) 9.42 12.08 8.12 7.99 -2.1
Return on Assets (%) 2.58 3.26 2.19 2.14 -0.56

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

EIX-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 23.20% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that EIX-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -23.44% and earnings by -20.76% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings growth was influenced by year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 18.11% to 22.54% as well as better cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) rose from 35.58% to 37.10% compared to the same period last year. For comparison, gross margins were 20.89% and EBITDA margins were 33.05% in the last reporting period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

EIX-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -54.89% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings

Margins

The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from 14.65% to 19.63% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 14.77% compared to 10.42% for the same period last year.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

Edison International is a renewable energy company. The company through its subsidiaries, generates and distributes electric power, and invests in energy services and technologies, including renewable energy. Edison International was founded on April 20, 1987 and is headquartered in Rosemead, CA..

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