• Announces 2024 first-quarter reported earnings (GAAP) per share of $0.42.
  • Achieves 2024 first-quarter ongoing earnings per share of $0.54 vs. $0.48 in 2023, an increase of 12.5%.
  • Reaffirms 2024 ongoing earnings forecast range of $1.63 to $1.75 per share with a midpoint of $1.69 per share.
  • Reaffirms projected annual earnings per share and dividend growth of 6% to 8% through at least 2027.

ALLENTOWN, Pa., May 1, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL) today announced first-quarter 2024 reported earnings (GAAP) of $307 million, or $0.42 per share, compared with first-quarter 2023 reported earnings of $285 million, or $0.39 per share.

Adjusting for special items, first-quarter 2024 earnings from ongoing operations (non-GAAP) were $402 million, or $0.54 per share, compared with $352 million, or $0.48 per share, a year ago.

Special items in the first quarters of 2024 and 2023 primarily included integration and related expenses associated with the acquisition of Rhode Island Energy.

"Backed by our solid first-quarter financial performance and continued confidence in our business plan, today we are reaffirming our ongoing earnings forecast range of $1.63 to $1.75 per share, with a midpoint of $1.69 per share," said Vincent Sorgi, PPL president and chief executive officer.

"We are on track to complete more than $3 billion in infrastructure improvements this year — part of more than $14.3 billion planned through 2027 — to modernize the grid, strengthen grid resilience against more powerful and frequent severe weather, and advance a safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy future for our customers and communities," said Sorgi.

"At the same time, we continue to drive greater efficiencies through our utility of the future strategy to keep energy affordable for our customers, and we remain on pace to achieve our targeted annual operation and maintenance savings."

Today the company reaffirmed its targeted annual operation and maintenance savings of at least $175 million by 2026 from the company's 2021 baseline, with $120-$130 million of annual savings planned by the end of 2024.

In addition, PPL reaffirmed its projection of 6% to 8% annual earnings and dividend growth through at least 2027 based off the midpoint of its 2024 ongoing earnings forecast range.

The company expects to achieve this growth without the need for equity issuances and while maintaining a balance sheet that is among the best in the U.S. utility sector.

First-Quarter 2024 Earnings Details

As discussed in this news release, reported earnings are calculated in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). "Earnings from ongoing operations" is a non-GAAP financial measure that is adjusted for special items. See the tables at the end of this news release for a reconciliation of reported earnings (net income) to earnings from ongoing operations, including an itemization of special items.

(Dollars in millions, except for per share amounts)

1st Quarter


2024


2023


Change

Reported earnings

$       307


$       285


8 %

Reported earnings per share

$      0.42


$      0.39


8 %








1st Quarter


2024


2023


Change

Earnings from ongoing operations

$       402


$       352


14 %

Earnings from ongoing operations per share

$      0.54


$      0.48


13 %


First-Quarter 2024 Earnings by Segment


1st Quarter

Per share

2024


2023

Reported earnings




Kentucky Regulated

$              0.25


$              0.22

Pennsylvania Regulated

0.21


0.19

Rhode Island Regulated

0.09


0.08

Corporate and Other

(0.13)


(0.10)

    Total

$              0.42


$              0.39






1st Quarter


2024


2023

Special items (expense) benefit




Kentucky Regulated

$                 —


$                 —

Pennsylvania Regulated

(0.01)


Rhode Island Regulated

(0.02)


(0.02)

Corporate and Other

(0.09)


(0.07)

Total

$            (0.12)


$            (0.09)






1st Quarter


2024


2023

Earnings from ongoing operations




Kentucky Regulated

$              0.25


$              0.22

Pennsylvania Regulated

0.22


0.19

Rhode Island Regulated

0.11


0.10

Corporate and Other

(0.04)


(0.03)

    Total

$              0.54


$              0.48

Key Factors Impacting Earnings

In addition to the segment drivers outlined below, PPL's reported earnings in the first quarter of 2024 included net special-item after-tax charges of $95 million, or $0.12 per share, compared to net special-item after-tax charges of $67 million, or $0.09 per share, in the first quarter of 2023. In both cases, special items were primarily attributable to integration and related expenses associated with the acquisition of Rhode Island Energy.

Kentucky Regulated Segment

PPL's Kentucky Regulated segment primarily consists of the regulated electricity and natural gas operations of Louisville Gas and Electric Company and the regulated electricity operations of Kentucky Utilities Company.

Reported earnings and earnings from ongoing operations in the first quarter of 2024 increased by $0.03 per share compared with a year ago. Factors driving earnings results included higher sales volumes primarily due to mild weather experienced in the first quarter of 2023. 

Pennsylvania Regulated Segment

PPL's Pennsylvania Regulated segment consists of the regulated electricity delivery operations of PPL Electric Utilities.

Reported earnings in the first quarter of 2024 increased by $0.02 per share compared with a year ago. Earnings from ongoing operations in the first quarter of 2024 increased by $0.03 per share compared with a year ago. Factors driving earnings results primarily included higher transmission revenue and lower operating costs.

Rhode Island Regulated Segment

PPL's Rhode Island Regulated segment consists of the regulated electricity and natural gas operations of Rhode Island Energy.

Reported earnings and earnings from ongoing operations in the first quarter of 2024 increased by $0.01 per share compared with a year ago. Factors driving earnings results primarily included higher distribution revenue from capital investments, higher transmission revenue and lower operating costs, partially offset by higher interest expense.

Corporate and Other

PPL's Corporate and Other category primarily includes financing costs incurred at the corporate level, certain non-recoverable costs resulting from commitments made to the Rhode Island Division of Public Utilities and Carriers and the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office in conjunction with the acquisition of Rhode Island Energy, and certain other unallocated costs.  

Reported earnings in the first quarter of 2024 decreased by $0.03 per share compared with a year ago. Earnings from ongoing operations in the first quarter of 2024 decreased by $0.01 per share compared with a year ago. Factors driving earnings results were not individually significant.

2024 Earnings Forecast

PPL's 2024 earnings from ongoing operations forecast range is $1.63 to $1.75 per share, with a midpoint of $1.69 per share.

Earnings from ongoing operations is a non-GAAP measure that could differ from reported earnings due to special items that are, in management's view, non-recurring or otherwise not reflective of the company's ongoing operations. PPL management is not able to forecast whether any of these factors will occur or whether any amounts will be reported for future periods. Therefore, PPL is not able to provide an equivalent GAAP measure for earnings guidance.

See the table at the end of this news release for a complete reconciliation of the earnings forecast.

About PPL

PPL Corporation (NYSE: PPL), headquartered in Allentown, Pennsylvania, is a leading U.S. energy company focused on providing electricity and natural gas safely, reliably and affordably to more than 3.5 million customers in the U.S. PPL's high-performing, award-winning utilities are addressing energy challenges head-on by building smarter, more resilient and more dynamic power grids and advancing sustainable energy solutions. For more information, visit www.pplweb.com.

(Note: All references to earnings per share in the text and tables of this news release are stated in terms of diluted earnings per share unless otherwise noted.)

Conference Call and Webcast

PPL invites interested parties to listen to a live internet webcast of management's teleconference with financial analysts about first-quarter 2024 financial results at 11 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, May 1. The call will be webcast live, in audio format, together with slides of the presentation. For those who are unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay with slides will be accessible at www.pplweb.com/investors for 90 days after the call.

Interested individuals can access the live conference call via telephone at 1-844-512-2926. International participants should call 1-412-317-6300. Participants will need to enter the following "Elite Entry" number to join the conference: 5627675. Callers can access the webcast link at www.pplweb.com/investors under "Events."

Management utilizes "Earnings from Ongoing Operations" or "Ongoing Earnings" as a non-GAAP financial measure that should not be considered as an alternative to reported earnings, or net income, an indicator of operating performance determined in accordance with GAAP. PPL believes that Earnings from Ongoing Operations is useful and meaningful to investors because it provides management's view of PPL's earnings performance as another criterion in making investment decisions. In addition, PPL's management uses Earnings from Ongoing Operations in measuring achievement of certain corporate performance goals, including targets for certain executive incentive compensation. Other companies may use different measures to present financial performance.

Earnings from Ongoing Operations is adjusted for the impact of special items. Special items are presented in the financial tables on an after-tax basis with the related income taxes on special items separately disclosed. Income taxes on special items, when applicable, are calculated based on the statutory tax rate of the entity where the activity is recorded. Special items may include items such as:

  • Gains and losses on sales of assets not in the ordinary course of business.
  • Impairment charges.
  • Significant workforce reduction and other restructuring effects.
  • Acquisition and divestiture-related adjustments.
  • Significant losses on early extinguishment of debt.
  • Other charges or credits that are, in management's view, non-recurring or otherwise not reflective of the company's ongoing operations.

Statements contained in this news release, including statements with respect to future earnings, cash flows, dividends, financing, regulation and corporate strategy, are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Although PPL Corporation believes that the expectations and assumptions reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, these statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from the results discussed in the statements. The following are among the important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements: asset or business acquisitions and dispositions; pandemic health events or other catastrophic events and their effect on financial markets, economic conditions and our businesses; market demand for energy in our service territories; weather conditions affecting customer energy usage and operating costs; volatility in or the impact of other changes on financial markets, commodity prices and economic conditions, including inflation; the effect of any business or industry restructuring; the profitability and liquidity of PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; new accounting requirements or new interpretations or applications of existing requirements; operating performance of our facilities; the length of scheduled and unscheduled outages at our generating plants; environmental conditions and requirements and the related costs of compliance; system conditions and operating costs; development of new projects, markets and technologies; performance of new ventures; any impact of severe weather on our business; receipt of necessary government permits, approvals, rate relief and regulatory cost recovery; capital market conditions and decisions regarding capital structure; the impact of state, federal or foreign investigations applicable to PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; the outcome of litigation against PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; PPL Corporation's stock price performance; the market prices of equity securities and the impact on pension income and resultant cash funding requirements for defined benefit pension plans; the securities and credit ratings of PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries; political, regulatory or economic conditions in jurisdictions where PPL Corporation or its subsidiaries conduct business, including any potential effects of threatened or actual cyberattack, terrorism, or war or other hostilities; new state, federal or foreign legislation, including new tax legislation; and the commitments and liabilities of PPL Corporation and its subsidiaries. Any such forward-looking statements should be considered in light of such important factors and in conjunction with factors and other matters discussed in PPL Corporation's Form 10-K and other reports on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Note to Editors: Visit our media website at www.pplnewsroom.com for additional news and background about PPL Corporation.

PPL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL INFORMATION(1)

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)

(Millions of Dollars)






March 31,


December 31,


2024


2023

Assets




Cash and cash equivalents

$                  276


$                  331

Accounts receivable

1,270


1,221

Unbilled revenues

371


428

Fuel, materials and supplies

477


505

Regulatory assets

330


293

Other current assets

313


154

Property, Plant and Equipment




Regulated utility plant

39,031


38,608

Less: Accumulated depreciation - regulated utility plant

9,327


9,156

  Regulated utility plant, net

29,704


29,452

Non-regulated property, plant and equipment

71


72

Less: Accumulated depreciation - non-regulated property, plant and equipment

24


23

  Non-regulated property, plant and equipment, net

47


49

Construction work in progress

1,996


1,917

Property, Plant and Equipment, net

31,747


31,418

Noncurrent regulatory assets

1,859


1,874

Goodwill and other intangibles

2,551


2,553

Other noncurrent assets

437


459

Total Assets

$             39,631


$             39,236





Liabilities and Equity




Short-term debt

$                  291


$                  992

Long-term debt due within one year

1


1

Accounts payable

903


1,104

Other current liabilities

1,180


1,243

Long-term debt

15,753


14,611

Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits

3,308


3,219

Accrued pension obligations

255


275

Asset retirement obligations

127


133

Noncurrent regulatory liabilities

3,351


3,340

Other deferred credits and noncurrent liabilities

404


385

Common stock and additional paid-in capital

12,322


12,334

Treasury stock

(931)


(948)

Earnings reinvested

2,828


2,710

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(161)


(163)

Total Liabilities and Equity

$             39,631


$             39,236


(1)   The Financial Statements in this news release have been condensed and summarized for purposes of this presentation. Please refer to 

       PPL Corporation's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission for full financial statements, including note disclosure. 

 

 PPL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Unaudited)

(Millions of Dollars, except share data)






Three Months Ended March 31,



2024


2023

Operating Revenues


$             2,304


$             2,415






Operating Expenses





Operation





  Fuel


209


201

  Energy purchases


520


734

  Other operation and maintenance


626


559

Depreciation


316


313

Taxes, other than income


88


110

Total Operating Expenses


1,759


1,917






Operating Income


545


498






Other Income (Expense) - net


22


30






Interest Expense


179


164






Income Before Income Taxes


388


364






Income Taxes


81


79






Net Income


$                307


$                285






Earnings Per Share of Common Stock:





Basic and Diluted





Net Income Available to PPL Common Shareowners


$               0.42


$               0.39






Weighted-Average Shares of Common Stock Outstanding (in thousands)





  Basic


737,512


736,829

  Diluted


738,820


737,698

 

 PPL CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(Millions of Dollars)



Three Months Ended March 31,


2024


2023

Cash Flows from Operating Activities




Net income

$                307


$                285

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities




  Depreciation

316


313

  Amortization

24


17

  Defined benefit plans - (income) expense

(15)


(18)

  Deferred income taxes and investment tax credits

72


77

  Other

3


8

Change in current assets and current liabilities




  Accounts receivable

(75)


(94)

  Accounts payable

(221)


(63)

  Unbilled revenues

57


109

  Fuel, materials and supplies

33


10

  Prepayments

(108)


(83)

  Taxes payable

(47)


(42)

  Regulatory assets and liabilities, net

(61)


(46)

  Accrued interest

90


67

  Other

(103)


(14)

Other operating activities




  Defined benefit plans - funding

(5)


(3)

  Other

15


(93)

Net cash provided by operating activities

282


430





Cash Flows from Investing Activities




Expenditures for property, plant and equipment

(596)


(499)

Other investing activities

5


(4)

Net cash used in investing activities

(591)


(503)





Cash Flows from Financing Activities




Issuance of long-term debt

1,148


3,127

Retirement of long-term debt


(1,750)

Payment of common stock dividends

(177)


(171)

Net increase (decrease) in short-term debt

(701)


(985)

Other financing activities

(22)


(44)

Net cash provided by financing activities

248


177





Net Decrease in Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash

(61)


104

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash at Beginning of Period

382


357

Cash, Cash Equivalents and Restricted Cash at End of Period

$                321


$                461





Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information




Significant non-cash transactions:




Accrued expenditures for property, plant and equipment at March 31,

$                253


$                257

 

Operating - Electricity Sales (Unaudited)(1)








Three Months Ended

March 31,








Percent

(GWh)

2024


2023


Change

PA Regulated Segment






Retail Delivered

9,627


9,442


2.0 %







KY Regulated Segment






Retail Delivered

7,454


6,976


6.9 %

Wholesale(2)

167


109


53.2 %

  Total

7,621


7,085


7.6 %







Total

17,248


16,527


4.4 %


(1) Excludes the Rhode Island Regulated segment electricity sales as revenues are decoupled from volumes delivered. 

(2) Represents FERC-regulated municipal and unregulated off-system sales. 






 

Reconciliation of Segment Reported Earnings to Earnings from Ongoing Operations

(After-Tax)

(Unaudited)











Year-to-Date March 31, 2024

(millions of dollars)


 KY


 PA


RI


 Corp.




 Reg.


 Reg.


Reg.


 & Other


 Total

Reported Earnings(1)

$          190


$          149


$            64


$           (96)


$          307

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:










    Strategic corporate initiatives, net of tax of $0, $0, $1(2)

(1)


(1)



(2)


(4)

    Acquisition integration, net of tax of $4, $17(3)



(14)


(66)


(80)

    PPL Electric billing issue, net of tax of $4(4)


(11)




(11)

Total Special Items

(1)


(12)


(14)


(68)


(95)

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$          191


$          161


$            78


$           (28)


$          402






















(per share - diluted)


 KY


 PA


RI


 Corp.




 Reg.


 Reg.


Reg.


 & Other


 Total

Reported Earnings(1)

$         0.25


$         0.21


$         0.09


$        (0.13)


$         0.42

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:










    Acquisition integration(3)



(0.02)


(0.09)


(0.11)

    PPL Electric billing issue(4)


(0.01)




(0.01)

Total Special Items


(0.01)


(0.02)


(0.09)


(0.12)

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$         0.25


$         0.22


$         0.11


$        (0.04)


$         0.54


(1) Reported Earnings represents Net Income. 

(2) Represents costs primarily related to PPL's centralization efforts and other strategic efforts. 

(3) Primarily integration and related costs associated with the acquisition of Rhode Island Energy. 

(4) Certain expenses related to billing issues. 

 

Reconciliation of Segment Reported Earnings to Earnings from Ongoing Operations

(After-Tax)

(Unaudited)











Year-to-Date March 31, 2023

(millions of dollars)


 KY


 PA


RI


 Corp.




 Reg.


 Reg.


Reg.


 & Other


 Total

Reported Earnings(1)

$          166


$          138


$           54


$           (73)


$          285

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:










    Talen litigation costs, net of tax of $0(2)




(1)


(1)

    Strategic corporate initiatives, net of tax of $0, $0(3)

(1)




(1)


(2)

    Acquisition integration, net of tax of $5, $12(4)



(17)


(44)


(61)

    PA tax rate change(5)


1




1

    Sale of Safari Holdings, net of tax of $0(6)




(4)


(4)

Total Special Items

(1)


1


(17)


(50)


(67)

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$          167


$          137


$           71


$           (23)


$          352






















(per share - diluted)


 KY


 PA


RI


 Corp.




 Reg.


 Reg.


Reg.


 & Other


 Total

Reported Earnings(1)

$         0.22


$         0.19


$        0.08


$        (0.10)


$         0.39

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:










    Acquisition integration(4)



(0.02)


(0.06)


(0.08)

    Sale of Safari Holdings(6)




(0.01)


(0.01)

Total Special Items



(0.02)


(0.07)


(0.09)

Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$         0.22


$         0.19


$        0.10


$        (0.03)


$         0.48


(1) Reported Earnings represents Net Income. 

(2) Represents costs related to litigation with Talen Montana, LLC and affiliated entities. 

(3) Represents costs primarily related to PPL's centralization efforts and other strategic efforts. 

(4) Primarily integration and related costs associated with the acquisition of Rhode Island Energy. 

(5) Impact of Pennsylvania state tax reform. 

(6) Final closing adjustments related to the sale of Safari Holdings, LLC. 

 

Reconciliation of PPL's Earnings Forecast


After-Tax (Unaudited)






(per share - diluted)













2024 Forecast Range


Midpoint


High


Low

Estimate of Reported Earnings

$      1.57


$      1.63


$      1.51

Less: Special Items (expense) benefit:(1)






    Acquisition integration(2)

(0.11)


(0.11)


(0.11)

    PPL Electric billing issue(3)

(0.01)


(0.01)


(0.01)

Total Special Items

(0.12)


(0.12)


(0.12)

Forecast of Earnings from Ongoing Operations

$      1.69


$      1.75


$      1.63


(1) Reflects only special items recorded through March 31, 2024. PPL is not able to forecast special items for future periods. 

(2) Primarily integration and related costs associated with the acquisition of Rhode Island Energy. 

(3) Certain expenses related to billing issues. 

 

Contacts:

For news media: Ryan Hill, 610-774-4033


For financial analysts: Andy Ludwig, 610-774-3389

 

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