Sempra Energy Raises 2011 Earnings Outlook
Company Expects to Meet or Exceed Higher End of Prior Earnings Guidance Range
SAN DIEGO, Dec. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today said it expects to meet or exceed the higher end of its prior 2011 earnings-per-share guidance range of $4 to $4.30, excluding a second-quarter $1.14 per-share gain from the company's South American utility acquisitions.
Sempra Energy fourth-quarter and full-year 2011 financial results are scheduled to be announced Feb. 28, 2012.
"All of our businesses have met or exceeded their financial objectives for the year," said Debra L. Reed, chief executive officer of Sempra Energy. "This strong performance will be reflected in our year-end results."
On a GAAP basis, Sempra Energy's prior earnings-per-share guidance range for 2011 was $5.14 to $5.44 and the company expects to meet or exceed the higher end of this range, as well.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2010 revenues of $9 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' 17,500 employees serve more than 31 million consumers worldwide.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The 2011 earnings-per-share guidance excluding the gain on the South American utility acquisition is a non-GAAP financial measure. It is reconciled to the GAAP measure in this release. Non-GAAP financial measures are supplementary information that should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information prepared in accordance with GAAP.
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