SAN JOSE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SJW Group (NYSE: SJW) today reported financial results for the annual and fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016. Net income was $52.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2016, compared to $37.9 million for the same period in 2015. Diluted earnings per share were $2.57 and $1.85 for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Operating revenue was $339.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 compared to $305.1 million in 2015. The $34.6 million increase in revenue was primarily attributable to $28.6 million in cumulative rate increases, a net $6.8 million increase in revenue related to our 2015 California General Rate Case decision in the current year offset by true-up revenue recognized as part of the 2012 California General Rate Case decision in 2015, a $1.7 million change in the net recognition of certain balancing and memorandum accounts, $700,000 increase in Recycled water revenue, and $600,000 in revenue from new customers. These operating revenue increases were partially offset by $3.4 million lower revenue recorded in our Water Conservation Memorandum Account ("WCMA") and $300,000 in lower revenue from real estate operations.
Water production expenses for the year ended December 31, 2016 were $124.3 million compared to $110.6 million in 2015, an increase of $13.7 million. The increase in water production expenses was attributable to $17.0 million in higher per unit costs for purchased water, groundwater extraction and energy charges, partially offset by $2.5 million in lower expenses due to an increase in the use of available surface water supplies and $800,000 in lower customer water usage. Operating expenses, excluding water production costs, increased $7.8 million to $122.3 million from $114.5 million. The increase was due to $3.9 million of higher depreciation expenses, $2.5 million in higher maintenance expenses, $907,000 of higher administrative and general expenses, and $456,000 in higher property taxes and other non-income taxes.
Other expense and income in 2016 included the condemnation sale of the Company's real estate investment property in Arizona for a pre-tax gain of approximately $10.0 million and $3.2 million pre-tax gain on the sale of 159,151 shares of California Water Service Group stock. Other expense and income during the same period in 2015 included the sale of multiple real estate properties for a gain of approximately $1.9 million.
The effective consolidated income tax rates were approximately 39% and 38% for the years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Fourth Quarter Financial Results
Net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2016 was $13.7 million, compared to $16.2 million in 2015. Diluted earnings per share were $0.67 and $0.79 for the quarters ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
Operating revenue was $79.3 million in the quarter compared to $87.6 million in 2015. The $8.3 million decrease in revenue was primarily attributable to $3.0 million of 2014 WCMA revenue and $17.5 million of 2015 WCMA revenue that were recorded in the fourth quarter of 2015, offset by $4.0 million in WCMA revenue recorded in the fourth quarter of 2016. In addition, the Company recorded cumulative rate increases of $8.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Water production expenses for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $31.0 million versus $26.9 million for the same period in 2015, an increase of $4.1 million. The increase in water production expenses was primarily attributable to $4.7 million in higher per unit costs for purchased water, groundwater extraction and energy charges partially offset by $519,000 due to lower customer usage. Operating expenses, excluding water production costs, increased $2.9 million to $31.9 million from $29.0 million. The increase was primarily due to $1.6 million in higher maintenance expenses, $945,000 of higher depreciation expenses due to assets placed in service in 2015, $219,000 in property taxes and other non-income taxes, and $78,000 of higher administrative and general expenses.
Other expense and income in the fourth quarter of 2016 included the condemnation sale of the Company's real estate investment property in Arizona for a pre-tax gain of approximately $10.0 million. No similar sale occurred in the fourth quarter of 2015.
The effective consolidated income tax rates were approximately 37% and 39% for the quarters ended December 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively.
SJW Group is a publicly traded holding company headquartered in San Jose, California. SJW Group is the parent company of San Jose Water Company, SJWTX, Inc., Texas Water Alliance Limited, and SJW Land Company. Together, San Jose Water Company and SJWTX, Inc. provide water service to more than one million people in San Jose, California and nearby communities and in Canyon Lake, Texas and nearby communities. SJW Land Company owns and operates commercial real estate investments.
This press release may contain certain forward-looking statements including, but not limited to, statements relating to SJW Group's plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions, which are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of SJW Group to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Results for a quarter are not indicative of results for a full year due to seasonality and other factors. Other factors that may cause actual results, performance or achievements to materially differ are described in SJW Group's most recent reports on Form 10-K, Form 10-Q and Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SJW Group undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(in thousands, except per share data)
|Three months ended December 31,||Twelve months ended December 31,|
|Groundwater extraction charges||6,461||9,187||32,088||31,240|
|Other production expenses||3,352||3,083||13,167||12,178|
|Total production expenses||31,031||26,909||124,328||110,628|
|Administrative and general||12,348||12,270||48,038||47,131|
|Property taxes and other non-income taxes||3,008||2,789||12,123||11,667|
|Depreciation and amortization||11,136||10,191||44,625||40,740|
|Total operating expense||62,917||55,928||246,590||225,122|
|OTHER (EXPENSE) INCOME:|
|Gain on sale of California Water Service Group stock||—||—||3,197||—|
|Gain on sale of real estate investment||10,295||—||10,419||1,886|
|Income before income taxes||21,724||26,728||86,381||61,154|
|Provision for income taxes||7,997||10,536||33,542||23,272|
|Other comprehensive income (loss), net||107||176||955||(206||)|
|Reclassification adjustment for gain realized on sale of investments, net||—||—||(1,742||)||—|
|EARNINGS PER SHARE:|
|DIVIDENDS PER SHARE||$||0.20||0.20||$||0.81||0.78|
|WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|Depreciable plant and equipment||1,554,016||1,438,321|
|Construction in progress||70,453||45,573|
|Total utility plant||1,666,381||1,524,422|
|Less accumulated depreciation and amortization||520,018||487,659|
|Net utility plant||1,146,363||1,036,763|
|Real estate investments||62,193||74,461|
|Less accumulated depreciation and amortization||11,734||13,027|
|Net real estate investments||50,459||61,434|
|Cash and cash equivalents||6,349||5,239|
|Accounts receivable and accrued unbilled utility revenue||53,795||46,851|
|Current regulatory assets, net||16,064||16,542|
|Other current assets||4,402||4,744|
|Total current assets||99,611||73,376|
|Investment in California Water Service Group||3,390||6,030|
|Regulatory assets, net||135,709||152,021|
|CAPITALIZATION AND LIABILITIES|
|Additional paid-in capital||81,715||79,231|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||1,524||2,311|
|Total stockholders' equity||421,646||383,783|
|Long-term debt, less current portion||433,335||377,187|
|Line of credit||14,200||34,600|
|Current portion of long-term debt||125||3,491|
|Accrued groundwater extraction charge, purchased water and purchased power||10,846||7,163|
|Other current liabilities||13,354||11,980|
|Total current liabilities||63,573||79,623|
|DEFERRED INCOME TAXES||205,203||198,775|
|ADVANCES FOR CONSTRUCTION AND CONTRIBUTIONS IN AID OF|
|POSTRETIREMENT BENEFIT PLANS||70,177||70,230|
|OTHER NONCURRENT LIABILITIES||13,051||9,961|