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NRG Energy, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

·16-min read
  • Reported $1.7 billion of net income

  • Delivered $509 million of Adjusted EBITDA; in line with prior year adjusted for divestitures

  • Executing $1 billion share repurchase program; $301 million completed through April 30, 2022

  • Maintaining 2022 Adjusted EBITDA and FCFbG guidance

HOUSTON, May 06, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--NRG Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NRG) today reported a first quarter 2022 Net Income of $1,736 million, or $7.17 per diluted common share, Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of $509 million, and Free Cash Flow before Growth (FCFbG) of $239 million.

"I am pleased by the strong performance of our platform during the first quarter of 2022," said Mauricio Gutierrez, NRG President and Chief Executive Officer. "Heading into summer, we are well-prepared to serve our customers, the grid, and our shareholders while continuing to advance our strategic growth priorities."

Consolidated Financial Results

Three Months Ended

($ in millions)

3/31/2022

3/31/2021

Net Income

$

1,736

$

(82

)

Cash provided by Operating Activities

$

1,676

$

(917

)

Adjusted EBITDAa

$

509

$

567

a. Excludes the loss due to Winter Storm Uri of $967 million in 2021

Segments Results

Table 1: Net Income/(Loss)

($ in millions)

Three Months Ended

Segment

3/31/2022

3/31/2021

Texas

$

773

$

(433

)

East

1,541

356

West/Services/Othera

(578

)

(5

)

Net Income

$

1,736

$

(82

)

a. Includes Corporate segment

First quarter net income was $1.7 billion, $1.8 billion higher than first quarter 2021, primarily driven by increased mark-to-market gains on economic hedge positions in 2022 due to significant increases in natural gas prices and power prices as compared to the prior year losses related to Winter Storm Uri.

Table 2: Adjusted EBITDA

($ in millions)

Three Months Ended

Segment

3/31/2022

3/31/2021

Texas

$

198

$

246

East

325

261

West/Services/Other a

(14

)

60

Adjusted EBITDAb

$

509

$

567

a. Includes Corporate segment
b. Excludes the loss due to Winter Storm Uri of $967 million in 2021

Texas: First quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $198 million, $48 million lower than first quarter of 2021. This decrease was driven by increased supply costs primarily due to the extended forced outage at Limestone Unit 1 and the Company's more conservative winter hedge profile in the first quarter of 2022 after Winter Storm Uri in 2021, partially offset by increased retail load from favorable weather.

East: First quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $325 million, $64 million higher than first quarter of 2021. This increase was primarily driven by higher natural gas economic gross margin including the impact of transportation and storage contract optimization, partially offset the sale of 4.8 GW fossil generation assets in December 2021.

West/Services/Other: First quarter Adjusted EBITDA was $(14) million, $74 million lower than first quarter of 2021. This decrease was primarily driven by the sale of 4.8 GW fossil generation assets in December 2021, the sale of the whole home warranty business in January 2022 and increased retail natural gas supply costs, partially offset by increased retail natural gas revenue rates and load.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Table 3: Corporate Liquidity

($ in millions)

03/31/22

12/31/21

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

387

$

250

Restricted Cash

39

15

Total

426

265

Total Revolving Credit Facility and collective collateral facilities

2,491

2,421

Total Liquidity, excluding collateral received

$

2,917

$

2,686

As of March 31, 2022, NRG's cash was at $0.4 billion, and $2.5 billion was available under the Company’s credit facilities. Total liquidity was $2.9 billion, which was approximately $0.2 billion higher than at the end of 2021.

NRG Strategic Developments

Expected Uplift Securitization Proceeds

The Texas Legislature passed House Bill 4492 in May of 2021, which among other things, authorized ERCOT to obtain $2.1 billion of securitization financing to distribute to LSEs that were charged and paid to ERCOT exceptionally highly priced real-time Online Reliability Deployment Price Adder and ancillary service costs during Winter Storm Uri (the "Uplift Securitization"). The Company expects to receive proceeds of $689 million from ERCOT in the second quarter of 2022. As previously disclosed, the total Winter Storm Uri impact on capital available for allocation in 2022 is $599 million, net of bill credits owed to large Commercial and Industrial ("C&I") customers.

Limestone Unit 1 Return to Service

In early July 2021, Limestone Unit 1 came offline as a result of damage to the duct work associated with the flue gas desulfurization system. The extended forced outage ended in April of 2022 and the unit has returned to service.

Maintaining 2022 Guidance

NRG is maintaining its Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Cash from Operations, and FCFbG guidance for 2022 as set forth below.

Table 4: 2022 Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Cash from Operations, and FCFbG Guidance

2022

(In millions)

Maintaining Guidance

Adjusted EBITDAa

$1,950 - $2,250

Adjusted Cash Flow from Operations

$1,380 - $1,680

FCFbG

$1,140 - $ 1,440

a. Non-GAAP financial measure; see Appendix Table A-5 for GAAP Reconciliation to Net Income that excludes fair value adjustments related to derivatives. The Company is unable to provide guidance for Net Income due to the impact of such fair value adjustments related to derivatives in a given year.

Capital Allocation Update

As announced on December 6, 2021, the Company's Board of Directors authorized $1 billion for share repurchases. The program began in 2021 with $39 million in share repurchases completed in December 2021, and an incremental $262 million completed through April 30, 2022; the balance of $699 million under the program is expected to be executed by the end of 2022.

NRG declared its first quarter of 2022 dividend on the Company’s common stock on January 21, 2022 of $0.35 per share, or $1.40 per share on an annualized basis. The dividend represented an 8% increase from the prior year, in line with the Company’s previously announced annual dividend growth rate target of 7-9% per share.

On April 20, 2022, NRG declared a quarterly dividend on the Company's common stock of $0.35 per share, payable on May 16, 2022 to stockholders of record as of May 2, 2022.

The Company remains committed to maintaining a strong balance sheet and continues to work to achieve investment grade credit metrics. The Company expects to grow into its target investment grade metrics of 2.50x-2.75x corporate net debt to adjusted EBITDA primarily through the realization of Direct Energy run-rate earnings and other growth initiatives.

The Company's share repurchase program and common stock dividend are subject to maintaining satisfactory credit metrics, available capital, market conditions, and compliance with associated laws and regulations. The timing and amount of any shares of NRG’s common stock that are repurchased under the share repurchase authorization will be determined by NRG’s management based on market conditions and other factors. NRG will only repurchase shares when management believes it would not jeopardize the company’s ability to maintain satisfactory credit ratings.

Earnings Conference Call

On May 6, 2022, NRG will host a conference call at 9:00 a.m. Eastern (8:00 a.m. Central) to discuss these results. Investors, the news media and others may access the live webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials by logging on to NRG’s website at http://www.nrg.com and clicking on "Investors" then "Presentations & Webcasts." The webcast will be archived on the site for those unable to listen in real time.

About NRG

At NRG, we’re bringing the power of energy to people and organizations by putting customers at the center of everything we do. We generate electricity and provide energy solutions and natural gas to millions of customers through our diverse portfolio of retail brands. A Fortune 500 company, operating in the United States and Canada, NRG delivers innovative solutions while advocating for competitive energy markets and customer choice, working towards a sustainable energy future. More information is available at www.nrg.com. Connect with NRG on Facebook, LinkedIn and follow us on Twitter @nrgenergy.

Forward-Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, the information presented in this press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act. These statements involve estimates, expectations, projections, goals, assumptions, known and unknown risks and uncertainties and can typically be identified by terminology such as "may," "should," "could," "objective," "projection," "forecast," "goal," "guidance," "outlook," "expect," "intend," "seek," "plan," "think," "anticipate," "estimate," "predict," "target," "potential" or "continue" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about the Company’s future revenues, income, indebtedness, capital structure, plans, expectations, objectives, projected financial performance and/or business results and other future events, and views of economic and market conditions.

Although NRG believes that its expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that these expectations will prove to be correct, and actual results may vary materially. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated herein include, among others, general economic conditions, hazards customary in the power industry, weather conditions and extreme weather events, competition in wholesale power and gas markets, the volatility of energy and fuel prices, failure of customers or counterparties to perform under contracts, changes in the wholesale power and gas markets, changes in government or market regulations, the condition of capital markets generally, our ability to access capital markets, the potential impact of COVID-19 or any other pandemic on the Company’s operations, financial position, risk exposure and liquidity, data privacy, cyberterrorism and inadequate cybersecurity, unanticipated outages at our generation facilities, adverse results in current and future litigation, failure to identify, execute or successfully implement acquisitions or asset sales, our ability to implement value enhancing improvements to plant operations and companywide processes, our ability to achieve our net debt targets, our ability to achieve or maintain investment grade credit metrics, our ability to proceed with projects under development or the inability to complete the construction of such projects on schedule or within budget, the inability to maintain or create successful partnering relationships, our ability to operate our business efficiently, our ability to retain retail customers, our ability to realize value through our market operations strategy, the ability to successfully integrate businesses of acquired companies, including Direct Energy, our ability to realize anticipated benefits of transactions (including expected cost savings and other synergies) or the risk that anticipated benefits may take longer to realize than expected, and our ability to execute our Capital Allocation Plan. Achieving investment grade credit metrics is not an indication of or guarantee that the Company will receive investment grade credit ratings. Debt and share repurchases may be made from time to time subject to market conditions and other factors, including as permitted by United States securities laws. Furthermore, any common stock dividend is subject to available capital and market conditions.

NRG undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. The adjusted EBITDA, adjusted cash flow from operations and free cash flow guidance are estimates as of May 6, 2022. These estimates are based on assumptions the company believed to be reasonable as of that date. NRG disclaims any current intention to update such guidance, except as required by law. The foregoing review of factors that could cause NRG’s actual results to differ materially from those contemplated in the forward-looking statements included in this press release should be considered in connection with information regarding risks and uncertainties that may affect NRG's future results included in NRG's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

NRG ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

Three months ended March
31,

(In millions, except for per share amounts)

2022

2021

Revenue

Revenue

$

7,896

$

8,091

Operating Costs and Expenses

Cost of operations (excluding depreciation and amortization shown below)

4,930

6,857

Depreciation and amortization

183

317

Selling, general and administrative costs

322

337

Provision for credit losses

25

611

Acquisition-related transaction and integration costs

8

42

Total operating costs and expenses

5,468

8,164

(Loss)/Gain on sale of assets

(3

)

17

Operating Income/(Loss)

2,425

(56

)

Other Income/(Expense)

Equity in (losses) of unconsolidated affiliates

(15

)

(6

)

Other income, net

22

Interest expense

(103

)

(127

)

Total other expense

(118

)

(111

)

Income/(Loss) Before Income Taxes

2,307

(167

)

Income tax expense/(benefit)

571

(85

)

Net Income/(Loss)

$

1,736

$

(82

)

Income/(loss) per Share

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding — basic and diluted

242

245

Income/(loss) per Weighted Average Common Share —Basic and Diluted

$

7.17

$

(0.33

)

NRG ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME/(LOSS)

(Unaudited)

Three months ended March 31,

(In millions)

2022

2021

Net Income/(Loss)

$

1,736

$

(82

)

Other Comprehensive Income

Foreign currency translation adjustments

9

3

Defined benefit plans

(1

)

Other comprehensive income

8

3

Comprehensive Income/(Loss)

$

1,744

$

(79

)

NRG ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

March 31, 2022

December 31, 2021

(In millions, except share data)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

ASSETS

Current Assets

Cash and cash equivalents

$

387

$

250

Funds deposited by counterparties

2,570

845

Restricted cash

39

15

Accounts receivable, net

3,291

3,245

Uplift securitization proceeds receivable from ERCOT

689

689

Inventory

354

498

Derivative instruments

9,089

4,613

Cash collateral paid in support of energy risk management activities

9

291

Prepayments and other current assets

409

395

Total current assets

16,837

10,841

Property, plant and equipment, net

1,643

1,688

Other Assets

Equity investments in affiliates

151

157

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

256

271

Goodwill

1,796

1,795

Intangible assets, net

2,391

2,511

Nuclear decommissioning trust fund

949

1,008

Derivative instruments

3,561

2,527

Deferred income taxes

1,638

2,155

Other non-current assets

255

229

Total other assets

10,997

10,653

Total Assets

$

29,477

$

23,182

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities

Current portion of long-term debt and finance leases

4

4

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

82

81

Accounts payable

2,216

2,274

Derivative instruments

6,076

3,387

Cash collateral received in support of energy risk management activities

2,570

845

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

1,285

1,324

Total current liabilities

12,233

7,915

Other Liabilities

Long-term debt and finance leases

8,026

7,966

Non-current operating lease liabilities

220

236

Nuclear decommissioning reserve

325

321

Nuclear decommissioning trust liability

602

666

Derivative instruments

1,977

1,412

Deferred income taxes

68

73

Other non-current liabilities

996

993

Total other liabilities

12,214

11,667

Total Liabilities

24,447

19,582

Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders' Equity

Common stock; $0.01 par value; 500,000,000 shares authorized; 423,839,804 and 423,547,174 shares issued
and 239,216,140, and 243,753,899 shares outstanding at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

4

4

Additional paid-in-capital

8,433

8,531

Retained earnings

2,171

464

Treasury stock, at cost 184,623,664, and 179,793,275 shares at March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021, respectively

(5,460

)

(5,273

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(118

)

(126

)

Total Stockholders' Equity

5,030

3,600

Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

$

29,477

$

23,182

NRG ENERGY, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

Three months ended March 31,

(In millions)

2022

2021

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

Net Income/(Loss)

$

1,736

$

(82

)

Adjustments to reconcile net income/(loss) to cash provided by operating activities:

Distributions from and equity in losses of unconsolidated affiliates

18

17

Depreciation and amortization

183

317

Accretion of asset retirement obligations

7

3

Provision for credit losses

25

611

Amortization of nuclear fuel

14

13

Amortization of financing costs and debt discounts

6

11

Amortization of in-the-money contracts and emissions allowances

147

7

Amortization of unearned equity compensation

6

4

Net gain on sale and disposal of assets

(6

)

(18

)

Changes in derivative instruments

(2,816

)

(902

)

Changes in deferred income taxes and liability for uncertain tax benefits

527

(71

)

Changes in collateral deposits in support of energy risk management activities

2,007

1

Changes in nuclear decommissioning trust liability

(7

)

15

Changes in other working capital

(171

)

(843

)

Cash provided/(used) by operating activities

1,676

(917

)

Cash Flows from Investing Activities

Payments for acquisitions of businesses and assets, net of cash acquired

(26

)

(3,482

)

Capital expenditures

(60

)

(63

)

Net purchases of emission allowances

(18

)

(5

)

Investments in nuclear decommissioning trust fund securities

(151

)

(129

)

Proceeds from the sale of nuclear decommissioning trust fund securities

161

118

Proceeds from sale of assets, net of cash disposed

14

197

Cash used by investing activities

(80

)

(3,364

)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

Payments of dividends to common stockholders

(85

)

(80

)

Payments for share repurchase activity

(188

)

(9

)

Net receipts from settlement of acquired derivatives that include financing elements

561

190

Net proceeds of Revolving Credit Facility and Receivables Securitization Facilities

825

Repayments of long-term debt and finance leases

(1

)

(1

)

Payments of debt issuance costs

(2

)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock

1

Cash provided by financing activities

287

924

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

3

1

Net Increase/(Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents, Funds Deposited by Counterparties and Restricted Cash

1,886

(3,356

)

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Funds Deposited by Counterparties and Restricted Cash at Beginning of Period

1,110

3,930

Cash and Cash Equivalents, Funds Deposited by Counterparties and Restricted Cash at End of Period

$

2,996

$

574

Appendix Table A-1: First Quarter 2022 Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation by Operating Segment

The following table summarizes the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA and provides a reconciliation to Net Income/(Loss):

($ in millions)

Texas

East

West/
Services/
Other

Corp/Elim

Total

Net Income/(Loss)

$

773

$

1,541

$

125

$

(703

)

$

1,736

Plus:

Interest expense, net

(1

)

7

94

100

Income tax

(1

)

572

571

Depreciation and amortization

76

78

21

8

183

ARO expense

3

2

2

7

Contract and emission credit amortization, net

(2

)

147

2

147

EBITDA

850

1,767

156

(29

)

2,744

Adjustment to reflect NRG share of adjusted EBITDA in
unconsolidated affiliates

18

18

Acquisition and divestiture integration and transaction costs

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