FirstEnergy Announces Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results

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Reports third quarter 2023 GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $0.74 per share and operating (non-GAAP) earnings of $0.88 per share

Narrows 2023 operating guidance around midpoint and provides outlook for the fourth quarter

Affirms targeted 6-8% long-term annual operating earnings per share growth rate

AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 26, 2023 -- FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE) today reported third quarter 2023 GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $421 million, or $0.74 per basic share ($0.73 diluted), on revenue of $3.5 billion. In the third quarter of 2022, the company reported GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $334 million, or $0.58 per basic and diluted share, on revenue of $3.5 billion. Results for both periods include the special items listed below.

Operating (non-GAAP) earnings* were $0.88 per share in the third quarter of 2023, in the upper end of the company's guidance range. Operating (non-GAAP) earnings in the third quarter of 2022 were $0.79 per share.

Lower operating expenses, continued growth from regulated investments, stronger weather-adjusted sales and tax benefits from the expected use of state net operating loss carryforwards were positive earnings drivers in the third quarter of 2023 compared to the same period of 2022. Together, they offset the impact of mild temperatures on Regulated Distribution sales, which reduced earnings by $0.06 per share compared to the third quarter of 2022, as well as lower pension credits and higher financing costs, which were associated with higher debt issuances to support the company's capital program.

"FirstEnergy is focused on investing in our regulated businesses, our employees and our systems to enhance the customer experience, support our communities and create new opportunities from the energy transition," said Brian X. Tierney, president and chief executive officer. "We are executing on this strategy, delivering strong operational and financial performance, and building our momentum for the future."

FirstEnergy narrowed its full-year 2023 operating (non-GAAP) earnings guidance range to $2.49 to $2.59 per share based on 573 million shares outstanding, from its original range of $2.44 to $2.64 per share. In addition, the company is providing a guidance range of $315 million to $375 million, or $0.55 to $0.65 per share for the fourth quarter of 2023, based on 574 million shares outstanding.

The company also affirmed its long-term, 6% to 8% targeted annual operating earnings per share growth rate, which is based off the previous year's operating earnings guidance midpoint.

Third Quarter Segment Results

In the Regulated Distribution business, lower operating expenses, higher revenues related to utility investment programs and higher weather-adjusted load compared to the third quarter of 2022 were offset by lower weather-related demand resulting from mild summer temperatures across the company's service footprint, as well as lower pension credits and higher interest expense from higher debt balances to fund the company's capital programs.

Total weather-adjusted distribution deliveries increased 1.2% compared to the third quarter of 2022. Weather-adjusted sales to residential and commercial customers increased 2.3% and 1.2%, respectively, while industrial sales were unchanged.

Total distribution deliveries decreased 1.7% compared to the third quarter of 2022 primarily due to cooling degree days that were 6% below normal and 17% below last year. Usage decreased 3.5% among residential customers and 1.2% in the commercial sector, while industrial sales were flat.

In the Regulated Transmission business, third quarter 2023 operating results benefited from the company's ongoing Energizing the Future investment program. Rate base increased by more than 8% from the third quarter of 2022.

In Corporate/Other, third quarter 2023 operating results improved compared to the third quarter of 2022 as a result of income tax benefits and lower operating expenses.

Year-to-Date Results

For the first nine months of 2023, FirstEnergy reported GAAP earnings from continuing operations of $948 million, or $1.66 per basic share ($1.65 diluted), on revenue of $9.7 billion. This compares to GAAP earnings of $809 million, or $1.42 per basic share ($1.41 diluted), on revenue from continuing operations of $9.3 billion in the first nine months of 2022. Results for both periods reflect the impact of special items listed below.

Operating (non-GAAP) earnings* for the first nine months of 2023 were $1.94 per share, compared to $1.91 per share in the first nine months of 2022.

Year-to-date results for 2023 reflect lower operating expenses, continued growth from the company's regulated investment strategy, stronger weather-adjusted load and tax benefits. These offset the impact of lower weather-related demand, which reduced earnings by $0.24 per share compared to the first nine months of 2022, and lower pension credits.

Through the first nine months, heating degree days were 17% below normal and 16% below last year, while cooling degree days were 16% and 25% below normal and last year, respectively.


Consolidated GAAP Earnings from Continuing Operations Per Share (EPS) to Operating (Non-GAAP) EPS*



Three Months Ended Sept 30


Nine Months Ended Sept 30








Earnings Attributable to FirstEnergy Corp. from

Continuing Operations (GAAP) - $M








Basic – Continuing Operations EPS (GAAP)








Excluding Special Items*:


Debt-related costs






Enhanced employee retirement and other related costs






FE Forward cost to achieve







Investigation and other related costs








Mark-to-market adjustments – Pension/OPEB actuarial






Strategic transaction costs





Regulatory charges








State tax legislative changes






Exit of generation








Total Special Items*








Operating EPS (Non-GAAP)








Per share amounts for the special items above are based on the after-tax effect of each item divided by the number of shares outstanding for

the period. The current and deferred income tax effect was calculated by applying the subsidiaries' statutory tax rate to the pre-tax amount if

deductible/taxable. The income tax rate ranges from 21% to 29%. Basic continuing operations EPS (GAAP) and Operating EPS (Non-GAAP)

is based on 571 million shares for the Third Quarter and First Nine Months 2022 and 573 million shares for the Third Quarter and First Nine

Months 2023.


Non-GAAP financial measures
* Certain financial measures, including Operating earnings (loss), Operating earnings (loss) per share ("EPS"), including by segment, are not calculated in accordance with GAAP to the extent they exclude the impact of "special items."

Special items represent charges incurred or benefits realized that management believes are not indicative of, or may obscure trends useful in evaluating the Company's ongoing core activities and results of operations or otherwise warrant separate classification. Operating earnings (loss), Operating EPS, including by segment, also exclude the impact of Discontinued Operations. Special items are not necessarily non-recurring. Management cannot estimate on a forward-looking basis the impact of these items in the context of long-term annual operating EPS growth rate projections because these items, which could be significant, are difficult to predict and may be highly variable. Consequently, the Company is unable to reconcile operating earnings guidance and long-term annual operating EPS growth projections to a GAAP measure without unreasonable effort. Operating EPS is calculated by dividing Operating earnings (loss), which excludes special items as discussed above, for the periods presented by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding, which is 571 million shares for the third quarter, first nine months, and full year 2022, 573 million shares for the third quarter, first nine months of 2023, and full year 2023, and 574 million shares for the fourth quarter of 2023. Intercompany money pool interest expense/income between Regulated Transmission and Corporate/Other associated with the proceeds from the FET 19.9% minority interest transaction received on May 31, 2022, has been eliminated for segment reporting purposes which is consistent with the methodology used in the fourth quarter and full year 2022 reporting. Management uses non-GAAP financial measures such as Operating earnings (loss) and Operating EPS, including by segment, to evaluate the Company's and its segments' performance and manage its operations and frequently references these non-GAAP financial measures in its decision-making, using them to facilitate historical and ongoing performance comparisons. Management believes that the non-GAAP financial measures of Operating earnings (loss) and Operating EPS, including by segment, provide consistent and comparable measures of performance of its businesses on an ongoing basis. Management also believes that such measures are useful to shareholders and other interested parties to understand performance trends and evaluate the Company against its peer group by presenting period-over-period operating results without the effect of certain charges or benefits that may not be consistent or comparable across periods or across the Company's peer group. All of these non-GAAP financial measures are intended to complement, and are not considered as alternatives to, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. Also, the non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other entities. Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G, FE has provided, where possible without unreasonable effort, quantitative reconciliations within this presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Investor Materials and Teleconference

FirstEnergy's Strategic and Financial Highlights presentation is posted on the company's Investor Information website – It can be accessed through the Third Quarter 2023 Financial Results link.

The company invites investors, customers and other interested parties to listen to a live webcast of its teleconference for financial analysts and view presentation slides at 9:00 a.m. EDT tomorrow. FirstEnergy management will present an overview of the company's financial results followed by a question-and-answer session. The teleconference and presentation can be accessed on the website by selecting the Third Quarter 2023 Earnings Webcast link. The webcast and presentation will be archived on the website.

FirstEnergy is dedicated to integrity, safety, reliability and operational excellence. Its 10 electric distribution companies form one of the nation's largest investor-owned electric systems, serving customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, West Virginia, Maryland and New York. The company's transmission subsidiaries operate approximately 24,000 miles of transmission lines that connect the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions. Follow FirstEnergy on Twitter @FirstEnergyCorp or online at

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changes in national and regional economic conditions, including recession, rising interest rates, inflationary pressure, supply chain disruptions, higher energy costs, and workforce impacts, affecting us and/or our customers and those vendors with which we do business; weather conditions, such as temperature variations and severe weather conditions, or other natural disasters affecting future operating results and associated regulatory actions or outcomes in response to such conditions; legislative and regulatory developments, including, but not limited to, matters related to rates, compliance and enforcement activity, cybersecurity, and climate change; the risks associated with cyber-attacks and other disruptions to our, or our vendors', information technology system, which may compromise our operations, and data security breaches of sensitive data, intellectual property and proprietary or personally identifiable information; the ability to meet our goals relating to employee, environmental, social and corporate governance opportunities, improvements, and efficiencies, including our greenhouse gas ("GHG") reduction goals; the ability to accomplish or realize anticipated benefits from our FE Forward initiative and our other strategic and financial goals, including, but not limited to, overcoming current uncertainties and challenges associated with the ongoing government investigations, executing our transmission and distribution investment plans, executing on our rate filing strategy, controlling costs, improving our credit metrics, growing earnings, strengthening our balance sheet, and satisfying the conditions necessary to close the sale of additional membership interests of FirstEnergy Transmission, LLC; changing market conditions affecting the measurement of certain liabilities and the value of assets held in our pension trusts may negatively impact our forecasted growth rate, results of operations, and may also cause us to make contributions to our pension sooner or in amounts that are larger than currently anticipated; mitigating exposure for remedial activities associated with retired and formerly owned electric generation assets; changes to environmental laws and regulations, including but not limited to those related to climate change; changes in customers' demand for power, including but not limited to, economic conditions, the impact of climate change or energy efficiency and peak demand reduction mandates; the ability to access the public securities and other capital and credit markets in accordance with our financial plans, the cost of such capital and overall condition of the capital and credit markets affecting us, including the increasing number of financial institutions evaluating the impact of climate change on their investment decisions; future actions taken by credit rating agencies that could negatively affect either our access to or terms of financing or our financial condition and liquidity; changes in assumptions regarding factors such as economic conditions within our territories, the reliability of our transmission and distribution system, or the availability of capital or other resources supporting identified transmission and distribution investment opportunities; the potential of non-compliance with debt covenants in our credit facilities; the ability to comply with applicable reliability standards and energy efficiency and peak demand reduction mandates; human capital management challenges, including among other things, attracting and retaining appropriately trained and qualified employees and labor disruptions by our unionized workforce; changes to significant accounting policies; any changes in tax laws or regulations, including, but not limited to, the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022, or adverse tax audit results or rulings; and the risks and other factors discussed from time to time in our Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") filings. 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Last Modified: October 26, 2023