Eversource Energy (D/B/A)

Q1 2023 Earnings Conference Call


spk06: Good morning, and thank you for attending today's Eversource Energy First Quarter 2020 Theory Earnings Call. My name is Jason, and I'll be the moderator for today's call. All lines will be muted during the presentation portion of the call with an opportunity for questions and answers at the end. If you'd like to ask a question, please press star 1 on your telephone keypad. I would now like to pass the conference over to our host, Jeff Kotkin.
spk09: Thank you very much, Jason. Good morning and thank you for joining us. I'm Jeff Kotkin, Eversource Energy's Vice President for Investor Relations. During this call, we'll be referencing slides that we posted yesterday on our website. And as you can see on slide one, some of the statements made during this investor call may be forward-looking as defined within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to risk and uncertainty, which may cause the actual results to differ materially from forecasts and projections. These factors are set forth in the news release issued yesterday afternoon. Additional information about the various factors that may cause actual results to differ can be found in our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31st, 2022. Additionally, our explanation of how and why we use certain non-GAAP measures and how those measures reconcile the GAAP results is contained within our news release and the slides we posted last night and in our most recent 10-K. Speaking today will be Joe Nolan, our Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer, and John Marrera, our Executive Vice President and CFO. Also joining us today are Jay Booth, our VP and Controller, and Bob Becker, our Director of Investor Relations. Now I will turn to slide three and turn over the call to Joe.
spk07: Thank you, Jeff, and thank you, everyone, for joining us on this call this morning. I know that you had many other choices of calls that you could have joined, so I'm very grateful. We had an excellent start in 2023 as we continued to deliver safe and highly reliable services to our 4.4 million customers. Our key metrics illustrate the continued strong state of our operations. Our service reliability, as measured by months between interruptions, remains in the top decile, and our safety ratings remain very strong. Our employees also performed very well in completing significant storm restoration in New Hampshire following a March northeaster that caused widespread damage and brought historic snowfall amounts that made it extremely difficult for crews to access certain regions to make repairs. Turning to slide three in our offshore wind partnership with Orsted, we continue to advance our three projects through the development process. Construction continues at South Fork, which will be the first large-scale offshore wind project completed in North America. Installation of the South Fork subsea transmission cable that will deliver wind power to New York is half complete, and the installation of the foundations, wind turbines, and offshore substation will follow. We continue to expect that Southwalk will be fully operational by the end of the year. In early April, the U.S. flagged Eco Edison, the first Jones Act-compliant wind farm service operation vessel, reached the 50% completion milestone. This vessel, which will be based in Port Jefferson, New York, will play a key role in supporting our partnership's offshore wind projects. Just a few days ago, Eversource in Orsted were joined by Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee to announce the start of construction of our advanced foundation components for our Revolution Wind Project. This $100-plus million investment is creating more than 125 union jobs for Rhode Island's skilled tradesmen and women and represents the largest supply chain commitment in Rhode Island yet. Also last week, we announced with Orsted our single largest New York offshore wind industry supply chain contract with the selection of Long Island-based contractor Hogland Energy. This contract with Hogland will create more than 400 jobs for New York union workers to install the underground duct bank system for Sunrise Wind's onshore transmission line in Brookhaven on Long Island. That contract helped raise the percentage of costs locked in for our three projects to approximately 92%. You will see this reflected on our offshore wind project updates on slide four. You'll notice that some of the spend has been moved from 2023 into 2024, which John will touch on in his remarks. This change does not impact the in-service dates for our projects, as you can also see here on slide four. We continue to make progress on the strategic review of our offshore wind investment. We have shortlisted final interested parties in both our three offshore wind projects in nearly 175,000 acres. of uncommitted lease areas that are part of our 50-50 joint venture with Orsted. We are making progress through extensive due diligence and continue to expect updates on an outcome of the strategic review later this quarter. Although offshore wind may not be a right fit for our portfolio of regulated T&D assets, we are big believers in the essential role offshore wind will play in bringing much needed clean energy to the New England region in lessening our reliance on natural gas for power generation. Eversource is well positioned to be the leading electric infrastructure provider connecting this clean energy supply to New England's load centers. We remain focused on advancing our numerous climate initiatives in support of our region's efforts to significantly reduce carbon emissions. We continue to make progress in facilitating solar development in Massachusetts through our distributed energy resources investments at NSTAR Electric. After receiving DPU approval late last year for the first cluster of six capital investment projects, regulatory proceedings for the remaining five clusters are now complete. We expect Massachusetts regulators to issue final orders on those five clusters sometime this summer, This innovative model put in place by the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities with full participation of Eversource will alleviate significant distributed energy development roadblocks, and it's expected to lead to the addition of up to 1,000 megawatts of new solar energy capacity in Massachusetts. Turning to slide five, design work on our geothermal Network project in Framingham, Massachusetts is now complete and construction proposals are being evaluated. We expect to commence operation in time for the 2023 winter heating season. If the pilot is determined to be successful, we intend to make it available as a clean energy solution for customers. Last, I'd like to provide a very positive update on the trajectory of customer builds. While the mile went to mitigate the impact on bills as a result of lower consumption, it also contributed to a significant decline in natural gas prices that is currently being reflected in natural gas customer bills. Natural gas prices also help drive electric generation supply rates in New England, and electric supply rates are expected to decline significantly in July for customers on basic or default service in Connecticut and in Massachusetts. We will file proposed tariffs with regulators later this month. This will be very welcome relief for customers following the unprecedented spike we saw in electric bills in January. Thank you again for your time. I will now turn the call over to John Marrera.
spk08: Thank you, Joe, and good morning, everyone. This morning, I will review our results for the first quarter of 2023. discuss our recent query and rate decision, and review our most recent financing activity. I will start with slide six. Our GAAP earnings were $1.41 per share in the first quarter of 2023, compared with GAAP earnings of $1.28 in the first quarter of 2022. First quarter results for 2022 include $0.02 per share impact primarily related to the integration and transition of the acquisition of the assets of Columbia, Massachusetts, now known as Eversource Gas Company of Massachusetts. So the $1.41 per share in the first quarter of 2023 is best compared with $1.30 per share excluding those costs in the first quarter of last year. Looking at some additional details on the first quarter earnings by segment, our first quarter 2023 electric distribution earnings were 47 cents per share compared with 41 cents in the first quarter of 2022. Improved results were driven largely by higher revenues at NSTAR Electric. This resulted from two factors. both related to the conclusion of our rate review from last year. The first was a base rate increase that was effective January 1st of this year, which provided about $0.03 per share benefit in the first quarter. The second was a rate design change that also took effect January 1st of this year. This design change eliminated the higher summertime demand charge. This change will have the effect of moving about $0.08 per share of after-tax revenues out of expected third quarter results and into the first quarter and the fourth quarters of this year in roughly equal $0.04 per share split. This annual rate design change is illustrated on slide seven. Continuing with the quarterly results on slide six, the first quarter 2023 benefits from those changes and the additional distribution revenues at Connecticut Light and Power were partially offset by higher interest costs and higher depreciation as well as pension expense. Our electric transmission segment earned 45 cents per share in the first quarter of 2023. as compared with earnings of 43 cents in the first quarter of 2022. Improved results were driven by higher level of investment in our transmission facilities. Our natural gas distribution segment earnings were 49 cents per share in the first quarter of 2023, as compared with earnings of 47 cents in the first quarter of 2022. Improved results were due primarily to higher base distribution revenues that took effect November 1st of 2022 at NSTAR Gas, as well as Eversource Gas Company of Massachusetts. This was partially offset by higher depreciation, interest, and property tax expense related to increased investment in our natural gas delivery systems to better serve our customers. Our first quarter water distribution segment earnings were one cent per share lower this year as compared to the first quarter of 2022. And this is due primarily to higher operations and maintenance costs. Eversource parent and other companies after tax losses decreased 12.5 million in the first quarter of 2023 as compared with the first quarter of 2022. And this is due primarily to benefit from our equity investment in a renewable energy fund, partially offset by a contribution to our charitable foundation. This resulted in a $0.03 per share benefit for the quarter. Additionally, after-tax transaction and transition costs decreased by $4.8 million in the first quarter of 2023 as compared to the same period in 2022. THOSE BENEFITS WERE PARTIALLY OFFSET BY HIGHER PARENT COMPANY INTEREST EXPENSE FOR A YEAR-OVER-YEAR IMPROVEMENT IN THE PARENT AND OTHER OF ABOUT TWO CENTS PER SHARE. OVERALL, AS YOU CAN SEE ON OUR INCOME STATEMENT, WE HAVE MANAGED OUR O&M QUITE WELL IN THE QUARTER DESPITE THE STORM EVENTS WE EXPERIENCED IN MARCH AND SLIGHTLY HIGHER TENSION COSTS. Now turning to slide eight, we have, we are, excuse me, we are maintaining our full year guidance of $4.25 to $4.43 per share with a somewhat different quarterly earnings profile as compared to 2022. Once again, we expect that NSTAR rate design change to add about 4 cents per share to the fourth quarter earnings as it did in the first quarter of this year. But we'll lower the third quarter earnings by about $0.08 per share. Overall, the rate design changes will have no impact on the full year results. In addition to reaffirming our long-term EPS growth rate of solidly in the upper half of the 5 to 7 percent range, We also reaffirm our $21.5 billion five-year regulated capital program that we discussed during our fourth quarter in February earnings call. Our core business capital expenditures totaled approximately $790 million in the first quarter of 2023. As Joe noted earlier, we have changed the timing of some of our offshore wind construction costs. Previously, we had projected 1.9 billion to 2.1 billion of 2023 construction costs related to our share of our joint venture with Austin. Now, due to an expectation that the joint venture will be able to move approximately 1 billion of payments from late 2023 to future periods, we are now expecting $1.4 billion to $1.6 billion of offshore wind-related expenditures in 2023, effectively lowering our capital projection by $500 million in 2023 and raising it by $500 million over the following years. Overall, we have made no change TO THE ESTIMATED COSTS OF COMPLETING OUR THREE PROJECTS OR THEIR TIMETABLE AND CONTINUE TO EXPECT SOUTH FORK TO BE IN SERVICE LATER THIS YEAR AND FOR REV WIN AND SUNRISE WIN TO ENTER SERVICE IN 2025. IN THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2023, OUR SHARE OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURES TOTALED ABOUT $200 MILLION. our total offshore wind investment through March of this year at $2.16 billion. Moving to regulatory update. For the first time in a while, we currently have no active rate reviews underway and have long-term rate plans in effect for many of our utilities. In March, we received a very disappointing decision in the Aquarium, Connecticut's first RATE REVIEW IN ABOUT 10 YEARS. THE RATE DECISION, WHICH ORDERED A $2 MILLION REDUCTION TO AQUARIUM RATES, WAS NOT UNANIMOUS. TWO OF THE THREE COMMISSIONERS COMMENTED THAT THE 8.7% AUTHORIZED RETURN ON EQUITY PROVIDED A VERY NEGATIVE SIGNAL FOR UTILITY INVESTMENT IN CONNECTICUT. DUE TO CONCERNS WITH THE LOGALITY of the decision and a negative long-term impact on customers, we have appealed the decision to the Connecticut Superior Court, where a temporary stay is currently maintaining existing rates and preventing the rate reduction order by Pura. The next hearing on the stay is scheduled for May 15th. We look forward to working through the appeal process and believe we will come to a reasonable outcome that complies with the law, is good for customers, and provides us with the opportunity to recover our cost of service, including a fair return on our investments. Turning to finance and activities, since our previous earnings call, we have issued $750 million of parent company debt. AND RETIRED $450 MILLION OF PARENT DEBT JUST THIS WEEK. AS YOU CAN SEE FROM SLIDE NINE, WE HAVE ISSUED NO ADDITIONAL SHARES THROUGH OUR ATM PROGRAM. BUT THROUGH APRIL, WE DISTRIBUTED APPROXIMATELY 400,000 OF TREASURY SHARES TO MEET OUR DIVIDEND REINVESTMENT AND EMPLOYEE INCENTIVE PROGRAMS. FINALLY, AS SOME OF YOU MAY KNOW, JEFF COTKIN WILL BE RETIRING FROM EVERSAUCE LATER THIS SUMMER. I WANT TO ACKNOWLEDGE JEFF FOR HIS MANY YEARS OF OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO OUR COMPANY, THE FINANCIAL COMMUNITY, AND OUR SHAREHOLDERS. I HAVE HAD THE PLEASURE OF WORKING WITH JEFF FOR MORE THAN 12 YEARS, AND I AM SURE YOU WILL AGREE HE ALWAYS GOES THE EXTRA MILE. Since the first day Jeff joined the communications department at the former Northeast Utilities nearly 38 years ago, he has been an integral part of Eversource's journey, contributing to the company's growth, evolution, and success amidst various challenges over the years. Throughout it all, Jeff has delivered exceptional service to investors, been very supportive of his colleagues, while providing steady guidance to senior management and our board. It's no wonder why Jeff has been widely recognized as the best IR professional in our industry for many, many years. We are all truly thankful for his devoted service and we wish him all the best as he spends more time with his growing family, whether it be on the Connecticut shoreline are in the beaches of Hawaii. Thank you, Jeff. And you will certainly greatly be missed. Thank you. So with that said, I want to thank everyone for joining us this morning. And I'm looking forward to seeing many of you very, very soon. And I'll turn the call over to Bob for Q&A.
spk02: Thanks, John. Before we start Q&A, I'll return the call to Jason to let everyone know how to enter questions. Jason?
spk06: If you would like to ask a question, please press star followed by one on your telephone keypad. If for any reason you'd like to remove that question, please press star followed by two. Again, to ask a question, hit a star one.
spk02: Thanks, Jason. Our first question this morning is from Char at Guggenheim. Good morning, Char. Good morning, Joe.
spk03: Good morning. Let me... Good morning. So Joe, why don't you maybe start with a little bit more color if you could provide on the sale process and maybe just additional thoughts beyond sort of the prepared remarks. I mean, are we still looking at, you know, three buyers, think you can offload all the projects, and then just maybe how you're feeling about pricing. And Joe, the reason why I ask the pricing question is, you know, some investors are pitching that, you know, you'll sell the projects at, you know, substantial discount to book value. So, Maybe just give us any color on how you've seen valuations evolve, even if it's generally.
spk07: Yeah. Well, thanks, Shaq, for joining us this morning. We're very grateful. You know, the process, as I have talked about in the past, when you don't own 100% of an asset, things take a little longer to transact. I will tell you that this is very – our transaction will involve two parties. It is very far along in the process. and that's why we can tell you with a high degree of confidence that you will have an answer or you'll have an announcement in this second quarter. You know, I will tell you that certainly the lease areas are highly coveted lease areas. I think we saw what has happened in the marketplace, so that I don't think has any impact. Obviously, on the project side, these are very mature projects. These are not just... concepts on paper. These are projects that are very mature and in the process. So for that, I think we'll recognize good value for those projects. Obviously, that's about the extent of what I can share with you. But I will tell you that we've been pleased with the process. We're pleased with what we're seeing. We're pleased with the results. And I think that at the end of the day, it will be a very good outcome for Eversource and Eversource's shareholders.
spk03: Okay, perfect. And then lastly, Joe, there's obviously been a good deal of attention in the investment community on the backdrop in Connecticut and the prospects really for lawmakers to tighten sort of the regulatory guardrails around things like settlements with, you know, SB7. I guess, how do you see that process evolving as the session enters its final innings? Do you and other utilities, do you even have a seat at the table in those conversations? you know, just some aspects of the state have become somewhat very adversarial. So I'd love to maybe get some thoughts there. Thanks.
spk07: Yeah, thank you. And a valid question. I mean, when you look at the Aquarian order, obviously very disappointing. But I'll tell you around the legislative front, we have a seat at the table. In terms of the governor, you know, I do speak with him regularly. I spoke with him last week. We talked about a host of issues. But one of the pieces that he highlights, and I think it's important for this community to understand, is number one, He insists that we have a seat at the table, and he wants us to participate. And he basically shared that with folks, that who's better equipped around performance-based rate making than the utilities? We do very well in that environment. I mean, we do incredibly well here in Massachusetts. We have a PBR model in place. We've had it in place for some time. And I think when you look at our track record, our performance, it speaks for itself how well we do. With regard to the legislative front, you know, great relations with the legislature. You know, we're with them. We talk with them. You know, this happens every year. I grew up in this part of the business. You know, and it's – unfortunately, it's – you know, it's like making sausage. You know, it's a very challenging process, and sometimes it's not too attractive. But at the end of the day, you can be assured that we do have a seat at the table and that we are communicating. You know, I think the last piece that you should take away is that event that the governor spoke at – around performance-based rates, you know, he highlighted by name, both myself as well as Pedro, about our ability to invest dollars. And we have choices where we can invest dollars. And if it's not attractive, then obviously we've got other places we can go. And so I think that he was stressing that point to kind of get the message across to regulators that, you know, it's important that we have a seat at the table, that they collaborate with us, And that, in fact, it's a fair and equitable place to do business. So I am confident, as I have been in the past, that we will get to a resolution that is workable and good for all, sure.
spk03: Got it. Perfect. And then, Jeff, congrats on Phase 2. You're going to be really missed. And drinks, unlimited drinks on Mr. Nolan and I. Thanks. Appreciate it, guys. Thanks.
spk07: Every IR professional in the country is cheering because they might have a shot at the number one slot this year. So that's what's going on there.
spk09: There you go.
spk02: Congrats, guys. Thank you. Thank you, Char. Thanks, Char. Our next question comes from the line of Durgash at Evercore. Good morning, Durgash.
spk06: I think they dropped their question. All right.
spk02: Our next question comes from the line of Paul Patterson. Good morning, Paul.
spk01: Hello. All right. Hey, Paul. Hi, Paul. Okay, good. You can hear me. Okay. So just to follow up on a few things. First of all, congratulations, Jeff, again. But Just to follow up on a couple of things. You mentioned that you've got PBR, you've got some experience with PBR and what have you. But one of the things that I think that you guys were focusing on as well as UI was regarding this CAPEX, OPEX sort of UK portion of the order, whether it was a draft order and it stayed in the order. I was just wondering how you guys see that. And also, you know, you mentioned the press conference that happened afterwards. How should we think about, I mean, how do you think about, I guess, this element of the performance-based rate-making order?
spk01: uh... financially and otherwise uh... to the utilities in the country so i i think it's too early for us to for us to uh... indicate one way or the other has to work with things ultimately will uh... will take out ok global features i guess of the dead with respect to uh... debate fifteen aquarium uh... hearing what should we think about uh... as being uh... uh... what do you expect to happen at that hearing i guess
spk01: Okay, great. And then in the prepared remarks on the offshore wind, just sort of wondering with respect to the potential for retaining some ownership of the JV, how should we think about that? Is that Is that a strong possibility?
spk07: No, it's not. It's not a strong possibility. We see a path for a clean exit from this. So that's definitely not the case.
spk01: Okay, great. Thanks so much, guys. And once again, congratulations, Jeff.
spk02: Thank you, Paul.
spk01: Thank you, Paul.
spk02: Thanks, Paul. Our next question comes from the line of Steve Fleishman at Wolf Research. Good morning, Steve.
spk12: Yeah. Hey, good morning. Uh, I am really happy. I picked this call of all the other ones at this time too. Congratulations. And, uh, I think I may be one of the few people that remembers IR before Jeff at Northeast utilities, but, um, yeah, congrats. Um, thank you. So, uh, just, uh, just to follow up on, I guess the question on a couple of questions on the offshore wind sale. So in the past, you've talked about two separate transactions for the leases and for the contracts and wanted to clarify if that's still the case. Do you expect them to be announced at different times? And do you expect each of those to be announced during the second quarter?
spk07: Yeah. Yeah. So thanks, Steve. A couple of things. We're talking about two announcements, two buyers in the second quarter, and there might be a space of a short period of time between announcements. But both in the second quarter, yes. Okay, great.
spk12: And just on, you mentioned, Joe, the clean exit, which is great. I just wanted to ask if there's any chance there need to be any, like, contingencies or stuff related to the projects that you need to commit to as part of this, other than just, you know, supporting them, you know, locally, just anything. Any financial contingencies?
spk08: Yeah, Steve, this is John. Yeah, we're going through the negotiations right now, so it's a little premature for us to indicate ultimately where that will shake out.
spk12: Okay. And just on the Connecticut, so you're you're basically expecting that to, you know, kind of argue this through the courts and, and basically address it that way. Or do you, you sounded like almost, do you think it could be like settled at some point? Uh, so just wanted to kind of clarify that.
spk07: Yeah. I mean, obviously, you know, I think, I think, you know, our track record around settlement, um, And if there's an opportunity there, we certainly will work with any parties around settlement. We, you know, we, the Aquarian Asset, you know, we've managed very, very well. We have very low rates. We've been making significant investments. As you know, that I think it's one of the best run water companies. So we do see an opportunity. We think we have allies in the state down there to kind of work through that. But, you know, as you know, it takes two to tangle in the settlement space and we need to have some willing participants. So we'll always work towards settlement. We think settlement is the way to go, and we're optimistic that we can probably have some type of an outcome that would benefit both parties.
spk12: Okay, great. Thank you for the update. Thank you, Steve. Thank you, Steve.
spk02: Thanks, Steve. Our next question comes from Jeremy Tenet at J.P. Morgan. Good morning, Jeremy.
spk04: Hi, good morning. It's actually Rich Sunderland on for Jeremy. Thank you for the time today. I wanted to touch on a higher level topic. Thank you. I want to touch on a higher level topic around what you're seeing on the offshore wind transmission side just in light of the latest RFP. Any new thinking there or evolution of thought around the incremental investment opportunities over the balance of the decade?
spk07: Well, I mean, I think that was one of the points that had us make the pivot, because we think there's so much opportunity in both the land aspect of it and the investment around not only the projects that we were involved in, but the projects that everybody else is involved with. You know, we are very well positioned in this region at load centers and people want to get to those. So because they want to get to them, you know, they're going to go and spend time with us. So we see a tremendous opportunity for investment in offshore wind as it relates to our regulated business. And that's really what our focus. Our focus has been around de-risking and focusing on the regulated assets. So we do see, Rich, a great opportunity Not only with Orsted, but with these other wind partners. It's already playing out right now with other wind partners that we don't have any ownership on to build wind and transmission-related assets to help them inject clean energy into the New England and New York grid.
spk04: Got it. Thanks for the color there. And then you touched on this already around customer bills, but curious now that we're coming out of winter, how do you see the overall regional backdrop into next winter? You know, really thinking around the supply concerns that you highlighted into this past winter.
spk07: Yeah, I mean, just a great question. And we've been talking about that. As you know, it was front and center for me and the company last year. last late summer, fall, and it's still on my radar, and I'm concerned about it. I'm concerned about, say, fuel supply for generators. We're very interested in, you know, you saw what happened in PJM where folks didn't show up. We had a similar situation on a smaller scale take place in the ISO New England market where folks didn't show up when they were expected to show up. You know, I think it was a shocker, the number, the penalties they were talking about. In PJM, I mean, up here they were pretty significant. So we are focused every day on what we can do to help minimize the risk to our customers. Although we could line up significant supply for our customers, at the end of the day, if people don't perform and the lights go out, they're going to come knocking on our door. Obviously, it's not our fault, but you get blamed because the lights go out. We are focused every day in our energy supply area, in our transmission area, in our engineering area, as to what we can do to facilitate solutions to fully enable this grid to operate during very challenging conditions. But in doing that, what it's going to also do is it's going to drive the price of energy down in the region, which is what our goal. We want to lower the clearing price in the region. so that our customers are not getting the type of shock that they're getting, which has been devastating to them. And we know that.
spk04: Got it. Very clear. Thank you for the time today. And to Jeff, congrats and all the best. Thank you. Thank you.
spk09: Thank you.
spk02: Thanks, Richard. Our next question comes from Paul Zimbardo at B of A. Good morning, Paul.
spk05: Hi. Good morning. Thank you. I know it's been said many times, but sad to hear the formal news, Jeff, and a big congrats. You're one of the few IRs who have worked with my entire career, so well-deserved retirement. Thank you, Paul. Thank you. And to dive into the actual quarter for a second, I know that you had the monetization of the clean energy investment. Was that the full investment? i know that there's typically that mark to market in the the second quarter so just want to confirm if you sold the full position there yes paul we did okay great and then thanks for all the context on connecticut i want to check do you have any revised expectations on timing for any yankee gas rate case in the future
spk08: No, at this point we do not. We continue to assess the timing of that rate request. Okay, great. Thank you all. Appreciate it.
spk05: Thank you, Paul. Thanks, Paul.
spk02: Thanks, Paul. Our next question comes from Ryan Levine at Citi. Good morning, Ryan.
spk10: Good morning. I'm hoping to follow up on the offshore wind process. To the extent that you do move forward with announcing two transactions this quarter, what regulatory or other closing procedures would be needed or any sense around timing of any cash received for the company?
spk08: Sure, Ryan. So it's different for the two pieces, right? So it's different for the uncommitted lease area as it is for the contracted projects. Speaking of the contracted project, that's probably one that has a bit longer timeframe for regulatory approval. On that one there, because we just OUR SUBSIDIARY OR THE JOINT VENTURE THAT HOLDS THOSE PROJECTS ARE CONSIDERED A PUBLIC UTILITY COMPANY, SO WE WOULD NOW NEED TO OBTAIN FERC APPROVAL, AND THAT'S PROBABLY A THREE-MONTH PROCESS. OTHER THAN THAT, IT'S MORE IT'S THE TRADITIONAL HOT SCOT, REDINO. AND DEPENDENT ON WHO THE ULTIMATE BUYER IS, WE COULD REQUIRE CIFIUS APPROVAL, BUT ONCE AGAIN, I THINK THAT'S VERY, THAT'S WEEKS, NOT MONTHS.
spk07: And keep in mind that there is a process in place. It took place when we acquired the deep water assets, so it's not uncharted waters.
spk10: I appreciate the color. So given that timeline, I'm curious how you're thinking about your financing plan. I know you issued some parent debt at 545 basis points year-to-date. Are you considering the convert market? given that seems to be open to a lot of utilities in this environment?
spk08: Very good question. And right now, you know, looking at the converts, you know, we feel it's not the time and it's not right for us just given, you know, kind of the where we're currently trading and, you know, kind of the, you know, our valuations right now. It doesn't make sense for us to do that until we have a little bit more certainty and, you know, and get some announcements made. So we don't see that in the near term as being the right option for us. But, you know, just given the timing, we could be in the market, you know, for another holding company debt offering.
spk10: Okay. I mean, you mentioned in your slide deck a May 1st maturity. Was there any update on what happened there?
spk08: Yeah, so that one, the $750 million offering that we did in March kind of took care of that.
spk10: Okay. I appreciate the comment. Thank you.
spk08: No problem.
spk02: Thanks, Ryan. Our next question comes from Travis Miller at Morningstar. Good morning, Travis.
spk11: Public congratulations to Jeff. If you ever mistakenly find yourself in Chicago, let me know. I owe you. drinks, et cetera, for all the help over the years. But try to avoid the wintertime here. Off to a wind again. You mentioned the payment shift there, the $500 million. Thinking about the timing in terms of the close of any deal, does that payment shift save you the $500 million of cash that you had previously planned to finance or allow you more capacity to invest in other places this year? Just thinking through the timing of that, how that affects the plan.
spk08: Well, that $500 million was more towards the tail end of this year, as I mentioned in my comments. So that just gets pushed out. Obviously, we avoid further construction cost commitments this year. And then, obviously, the pricing would be adjusted accordingly by the buyer. Okay.
spk11: And then, I know this isn't your project, but there's another transmission line proposal out up your way from Canada. Any thoughts on differences between, say, Northern Pass or any other proposals that have been made over the decades that you know of?
spk07: Well, I mean, we're the off-taker. We're taking that power. And, you know, as we've always said, any time you inject, you know, 1,100 megawatts into the ISO or into the grid, that's good for all customers. You know, it's clean energy that will be coming down from there. So, you know, it's a lot of the same players that are involved in that opposition. We'll leave it at that. But I will tell you that, you know, any type of injection of clean resources into our And to our marketplace is a good day for us. It's a good day for our customers. Sure.
spk11: Okay. Very good. That's all I had. Thanks so much. Thanks, Travis.
spk02: Thanks, Travis. That was the last question we have this morning. We want to thank you all for joining us. And if you have any follow-up questions, please reach out to Investor Relations. Thank you.
spk06: That concludes the conference call. Thank you for your participation. You may now disconnect your lines.

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