“EPCOR’s operational and financial performance was in-line with expectations for the first half of the year,” said John Elford, EPCOR President & CEO. “As customer growth continues across our North American footprint, our teams are focused on ensuring continued delivery of reliable utility services and the completion of capital and construction projects that are now in progress. Capital projects include an electrical substation and transmission assets that will support new power generation supply in Alberta, a new wastewater treatment facility in Arizona, and a water treatment plant at the Darlington Nuclear Generating station. In addition, we continued to develop a groundwater supply system and an industrial water reclamation facility in central Texas, recording $753 million in construction revenues related to those projects in the first half of 2023.”
“In Alberta, wholesale electricity prices remained volatile,” continued Mr. Elford. “Higher spring temperatures drove increased power consumption province-wide, with the system operator reporting pressure on Alberta’s electricity grid. EPCOR continues to work closely with customers to manage their accounts, and with the Government of Alberta and industry to explore options for addressing affordability. Our competitive energy retailer, Encor by EPCOR, continues to see significant uptake on fixed rate plans as customers seek to manage their energy costs.”
Highlights of EPCOR’s financial performance are as follows:
- Net income was $102 million and $148 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, compared with net income of $93 million and $167 million for the comparative periods in 2022, respectively. The increase of $9 million and decrease of $19 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, respectively, was primarily due to fair value adjustments related to financial electricity purchase contracts, higher depreciation and finance expenses in 2023, partially offset by higher Adjusted EBITDA, as described below.
- Adjusted EBITDA1 was $258 million and $502 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, compared with $233 million and $442 million for the comparative periods in 2022, respectively. The increase of $25 million and $60 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2023, respectively, was primarily due to higher construction activity, customer growth and rates, partially offset by higher operating costs.
- Investment in capital projects was $445 million for the six months ended June 30, 2023, compared with $388 million for the corresponding period in 2022, primarily due to higher spending in EPCOR’s Distribution and Transmission segment and U.S. Operations segment, partially offset by lower capital spending in EPCOR’s Water Services segment.
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EPCOR, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, builds, owns and operates electrical, natural gas and water transmission and distribution networks, water and wastewater treatment facilities, sanitary and stormwater systems in Canada and the United States. EPCOR also provides electricity, natural gas and water products and services to residential and commercial customers. EPCOR, headquartered in Edmonton, is committed to conducting its business and operations safely and responsibly. Environmental stewardship, public health and community well-being are at the heart of EPCOR’s mission to provide clean water and safe, reliable energy. EPCOR is an Alberta Top 75 employer and is ranked among Corporate Knights’ 2023 Best 50 Corporate Citizens in Canada.
1Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. See the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section in Appendix 1.
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Appendix 1 Non-GAAP Financial Measures
EPCOR uses earnings before finance expenses, income tax recovery (expense), depreciation and amortization, changes in the fair value of derivative financial instruments, transmission system access service charge net collections and other unusual items (collectively, Adjusted EBITDA) to discuss operating results for EPCOR’s lines of business. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and is not a standardized financial measure under IFRS and might not be comparable to similar financial measures disclosed by other issuers.
The reconciliation between Adjusted EBITDA to Net income as reported under IFRS is shown below:
Adjusted EBITDA by Segment|||||||||
|Water Services segment||$114||$103||$210||$186|
|Distribution and Transmission segment||65||62||126||122|
|Energy Services segment||8||14||30||35|
|U.S. Operations segment||62||47||115||80|
|Income tax expense|
|Depreciation and amortization|
|Change in fair value of financial electricity purchase contracts(1)||13||(3)||(58)||(9)|
|Transmission system access service charge net collections(2)||(2)||5||10||8|
1. The change in fair value of derivative financial instruments represents the change in fair value of financial electricity purchase contracts between the electricity market forward prices and the contracted prices at the end of the reporting period, for the contracted volumes of electricity.
2. Transmission system access service charge net collections is the difference between the transmission system access service charges paid to the provincial system operators and the transmission system access service charges collected from electricity retailers. Transmission system access service charge net collections are timing differences, which are collected from or returned to electricity retailers as the transmission system access service charges and customer billing determinants are finalized.