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Sempra Q2 2023 Earnings Call Transcript


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Participants

Corporate Executives

  • Glen Donovan
    Vice President of Investor Relations
  • Jeffrey Martin
    Chief Executive Officer
  • Trevor Mihalik
    Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer:
  • Justin Bird
    Chief Executive Officer of Sempra Infrastructure
  • Kevin Sagara
    Executive Vice President and Group President of California Utilities
  • Allen Nye
    Chief Executive Officer Oncor Electric Deliver
  • Faisel Khan
    Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Sempra Infrastructure

Presentation

Operator

Good day, and welcome to Sempra's Second Quarter Earnings Call. Today's conference is being recorded.

At this time, I'd like to turn it over to Glen Donovan. Please go ahead.

Glen Donovan
Vice President of Investor Relations at Sempra

Good morning, and welcome to Sempra's second quarter 2023 earnings call. A live webcast of this teleconference and slide presentation are available on our website under our Events and Presentations section. We have several members of our management team with us today, including Jeff Martin, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Trevor Mihalik, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Kevin Sagara, Executive Vice President and Group President; Justin Bird, Chief Executive Officer of Sempra Infrastructure; Allen Nye, Chief Executive officer of Oncor; Peter Wall, Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer and other members of our senior management team.

Before starting, I'd like to remind everyone that we'll be discussing forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements we make today. The factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially are discussed in the company's most recent 10-K and 10-Q filed with the SEC.

Earnings per share amounts in our presentation are shown on a diluted basis and we'll be discussing certain non-GAAP financial measures. Please refer to the presentation slides that accompany this call for a reconciliation to GAAP measures. We also encourage you to review our 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2023. Please note that these earnings per share amounts do not reflect the two-for-one stock split in the form of a 100% stock dividend that we announced earlier this morning. These amounts will be updated when we announce our third quarter and full year 2023 financial results.

I'd also like to mention that the forward-looking statements contained in this presentation speak only of today, August 3, 2023, and it's important to note that the company does not assume any obligation to update or revise any of these forward-looking statements in the future.

With that, please turn to Slide 4 and let me hand the call over to Jeff.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Thank you all for joining us today. Earlier this summer, Sempra celebrated its 25th anniversary. While the company was founded in 1998, our operational roots at San Diego Gas Electric and SoCalGas date back to the late 1800s. Over that time, we've embraced a strong commitment to serving others, delivering energy with purpose and bettering our communities. Today, we have three premium growth platforms located in what we believe are the most attractive markets in North America and looking forward to the next 25 years, we're really excited about the opportunities in front of us to modernize and expand our energy network so that we can deliver increasingly clean, affordable and reliable energy to our customers.

This year, we also published our 15th Corporate Sustainability Report emphasizing how our sustainable business practices help mitigate risk and unlock new opportunities as we continue executing on our record $40 billion five-year capital plan, which you'll recall only includes Sempra's proportionate share of the capital. Today, Sempra has multiple tailwinds supporting our growth and income equity story, and we're confident in our ability to continue delivering high-quality earnings and dividend growth to our shareholders. That brings me back to the quarter.

Earlier this morning, we reported second quarter 2023 adjusted earnings per share of $1.88 and year-to-date 2023 adjusted earnings per share of $4.80. As you'll recall, we discussed the company's 2023 and 2024 guidance on our first quarter call in May, and based on the strength of our results across the first half of the year, we're pleased to affirm both our 2023 and 2024 guidance ranges and our projected long-term EPS growth rate of 6% to 8%.

Also, just yesterday, Sempra's Board approved a two-for-one stock split with the distribution date on August 21. The split does not impact our reported results for the second quarter, but it's important to note that in the third quarter, our historical and future financial results will reflect the post-split share count. For the last several years, we've had one of the highest stock prices in the S&P 500 Utility Index. So with the planned split, we believe it will increase our trading volume and provide more accessibility for a broader group of investors to join us on our mission to be North America's premier energy infrastructure company.

Please turn to the next slide. When Sempra began its journey in 1998, we had a relatively modest rate base of roughly $5 billion. And across the last 2.5 decades, we've been successful in transforming the size and scale of Sempra's overall portfolio while also simplifying our business model. Today, we own $45 billion of rate base and over $80 billion of assets with an investment focus on what we believe is the higher value, lower risk portion of the energy value chain or transmission and distribution assets.

I'd also note that Sempra's businesses are located in contiguous markets in the southwestern tier of North America and really benefit from strong economic growth across the region. Our strategy focuses on investing in regulated utilities that are decoupled from direct commodity exposure and long-term contracted energy infrastructure while avoiding the volatility associated with commodities and the uncertainties facing legacy generation facilities. In other words, our core value proposition focuses on investing in the transmission and distribution backbone of North America and helping to efficiently move energy from producers to customers.

Finally, our T&D utility investments benefit from constructive regulatory mechanisms with competitive returns on equity and the timely return of capital. Sempra Infrastructure's business is underpinned by long-term contracts with world-class counterparties that are expected to provide steady recurring cash flows. Taken together, our three platforms provide great visibility to high-quality long-term earnings growth, which is aligned with our overall mission to continue building out the premier energy infrastructure company in North America.

Please turn to the next slide where Trevor will walk you through both our business and financial results.

Trevor Mihalik
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer: at Sempra

Thanks, Jeff. As we closed the first half of the year, we're pleased with our financial results, which highlight the strength of our business model. For background, Sempra was formed via the merger of the parent companies of SDG&E and SoCalGas, and it's exciting to see how that foundation has allowed us to build a much larger and more successful company over time. Today, we have a leading position with $24 billion of rate base within our Sempra California platform and serve nearly 26 million consumers.

As electrification continues to increase, we're seeing significant load growth. Since 2022, SDG&E has experienced load growth of approximately 3%. This is the result of economic expansion and the trend of more business and consumer activity switching to electricity. For example, the Port of San Diego recently unveiled the arrival of two all-electric cranes, which are the first of their kind to be unveiled in North America. The Port also approved an electrification project enabling cruise ships to plug into the grid while at birth as opposed to running their diesel engines, thereby significantly reducing emissions. The Port of San Diego is also expecting to receive the first all-electric tugboat to support further emission reductions across their operations. As these trends continue, we see opportunities for increased investment in infrastructure to support continued decarbonization in the region.

Another great example is the ongoing electrification of transportation. California is leading the nation in electric vehicles and SDG&E now has over 110,000 EVs in its service territory as of the first quarter, an increase of almost 35% compared to last year. At Sempra, our employees have also been leaders in promoting electrification. Back in 2015, we set an internal goal to have 500 employees using electric vehicles as a primary means of transportation. We're pleased to report that we have recently exceeded the 1,000 employee mark, making us one of the first companies in Southern California to reach this milestone. And as electrification and customer adoption increases, we expect this to drive increased load growth in our service territory.

Further, with an increasingly complex grid, significant modernization is required to maintain safety and reliability. SDG&E's recent commissioning of 171 megawatts utility-owned energy storage assets is another great example of utilizing technology to store and dispatch clean energy while reducing reliance on conventional gas fired power plants.

To help ensure California can meet its reliability and clean energy goals, CAISO approved the 2022 to 2023 transmission plan in May awarding SDG&E an estimated $500 million of new development projects. Also, in June, CAISO initiated a comprehensive bidding process with over $2 billion of additional projects located within SDG&E service territory. At Sempra, we're one of the largest owners and operators of transmission assets in North America and we believe SDG&E is well-positioned to compete favorably. The company has a long track record of operating success here in Southern California and we certainly believe our leadership and credibility in wildfire mitigation will also inform the quality and competitive nature of our bid.

Also, in June, SDG&E announced that 80% of San Diego County customers are now receiving their electricity supplies from third party providers. This is consistent with SDG&E's strategy of focusing more narrowly on modernizing the grid to efficiently move cleaner sources of energy to customers or what we refer to as an energy delivery model much like Oncor in Texas.

Turning to SoCalGas. The company released an expanded clean fuels analysis indicating the need to plan and account for increased levels of clean, firm dispatchable generation. Results highlight the potential reliability benefits of electric resource diversity and the value of hydrogen generation. The report also contemplates how cleaner fuels can be delivered safely and affordably through SoCalGas' existing and potentially new energy networks to help support electrification and decarbonization.

In connection with California's new renewable gas procurement standard known as SB 1440, SoCalGas recently issued a new request for proposal for biomethane supply in the form of RNG and/or biosynthetic natural gas. At the end of 2022, RNG represented 5% of core gas deliveries at SoCalGas and the mandated procurement through SB 1440 is expected to support the adoption of RNG in the state and in turn help SoCalGas meet its goal of 20% RNG in core customer deliveries by 2030. This is a prime example of how SoCalGas is using its existing energy network to help the state decarbonize in a safe and affordable manner.

Finally, our California GRCs are well underway. Our application in those cases are centered around delivering cleaner energy safely and reliably and in alignment with California's decarbonization goals. Recently, SDG&E and SoCalGas participated in evidentiary hearings with interveners and submitted updated testimony and the regulatory process continues to advance in a constructive manner. The next key milestone is opening briefs, which are scheduled to be filed in mid-August. We continue to expect a proposed decision in the second quarter of 2024 with rates retroactive to the beginning of that year.

Please turn to the next slide. Turning to Texas. I first want to acknowledge the excessive heat that customers are currently enduring across the state while also recognizing the strong performance of the grid under some of the challenging conditions. Oncor's innovative and dedicated employees are the driving force maintaining reliable electric service despite challenging external factors and they go to work each day with this commitment to excellence.

When we acquired just over 80% in Oncor five years ago, it had $11 billion of rate base and Sempra made a regulatory commitment to support a minimum $7.4 billion five year capital plan. That same capital spend grew to be nearly $12 billion over that same period and Oncor has nearly doubled its rate base to $21 billion as of the end of 2022. Over the past five years, Oncor system has grown substantially having added approximately 7,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines. Earlier this year, Oncor increased its 2023 to 2027 capital plan to $19 billion. With continued strong economic growth and the recent positive legislation, we now certainly anticipate upside when we roll forward the new five year capital plan.

We have long talked about the incredible macroeconomic growth in Texas and how it continues to drive additional capital investments. To put Oncor's customer base into perspective, the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex alone has a larger population than 38 states. Since June of this year, ERCOT set six new records for peak demand and it's also noteworthy that over the past seven years, there has been a 17% increase in ERCOT's peak demand. Specifically, for Oncor, both C&I and residential customer demand continues to grow.

A great example of this incremental C&I demand is the roughly $60 billion of chip manufacturing facilities that have begun construction in the cities of Sherman and Taylor over the past 18 months. These large manufacturing sites are expected to drive demand and require the buildout of significant new electrical infrastructure in the surrounding communities. Finally, we also want to provide an update on a series of positive legislative outcomes that could add significant long-term value for Oncor and its customers by attracting additional capital to meet the state's growth and resiliency needs.

Please turn to the next slide. Several bills were recently enacted in Texas that are designed to provide enhanced recovery mechanisms for utilities and reduce regulatory lag. Together, these bills are expected to improve realized ROE and facilitate additional investment to support Texas' growth. We believe that the improved regulatory legislation coupled with an incredible economic growth story positions Oncor as one of the premier regulated T&D utilities in the country.

Starting with SB 1015. Oncor is now able to file a distribution capital tracker twice a year as opposed to only once. Similar to the existing regulatory mechanism for transmission investments, this should reduce regulatory lag and reflect Oncor's distribution investments in a more timely manner. This should improve both earnings and cash flows and is critical in markets like Texas, which is experiencing increased demand requiring rapid capital deployment.

Moving to HB 2555. This bill is designed to allow utilities to file a plan to harden and make its transmission and distribution systems more resilient to potential disruptions. Of note, the bill provides a separate regulatory mechanism for recovery of commission-approved resiliency investments. The PUCT is currently drafting new rules to specify actual implementation, which we expect to be completed by the end of the year. The rulemaking will lay out the procedural steps and timelines between future filings and the actual rate implementation.

SB 1076, the Permitting Efficiency Bill, helps address the transmission grid's expansion needs by shortening the time to approve CCN applications from 12 months to six months. Finally, HB 5066 directs ERCOT and the PUCT to develop plans for transmission projects to serve high growth areas of Texas, including the electrification efforts in the Permian Basin and could provide incremental investment opportunities for Oncor. Together, these constructive legislative outcomes enhance Oncor's ability to better serve customers and support system growth.

Please turn to the next slide where I will turn the call over to Justin to provide an update on Sempra Infrastructure and Port Arthur.

Justin Bird
Chief Executive Officer of Sempra Infrastructure at Sempra

Thank you, Trevor. Sempra Infrastructure was formed two years ago to streamline our business and bring together decades of energy infrastructure development and operating expertise under a single platform. Our increased scale positions us to capture new opportunities, create portfolio synergies and support the growth of North American energy markets. There are three key trends that support these opportunities: decarbonization, energy security and reshoring of manufacturing to North America, all of which give us confidence in the long-term growth profile of our business.

Trade between the U.S. and Mexico continues to grow as a result of a strong reshoring trend. For example, a recent Reuters article identified more than $9 billion of capital that has flowed into Mexico from overseas manufacturers in the last nine months. And recently, Mexico surpassed Canada to become the largest trading partner of the U.S. Given our position as a leading player in North American energy infrastructure, we are well positioned to support growing cross-border trade with Mexico. More recently, we received several positive regulatory approvals across a number of our assets in Mexico, including in our energy networks and clean power segments.

Moving to projects under construction. Our teams have been busy with over 10 million accumulated hours worked without a lost time incident. We expect these projects will come online over time with GRO expansion and ECA targeting COD in the second half of 2024 and the summer of 2025, respectively. And finally, Port Arthur Phase 1 is also advancing as expected and continues to target commercial operations of Train 1 and Train 2 in '27 and '28, respectively.

Turning to LNG development at Cameron Phase 2. We're at a stage in the competitive feed process where we have selected Bechtel to move forward to complete the remaining work. We are aligned with our partners to invest additional time upfront to reduce construction risks and project costs. We expect this process to continue through the fall positioning us to take FID next year after satisfactorily finalizing the additional feed work securing project financing and any required regulatory approvals.

The selection of Bechtel is a significant milestone and we're implementing a strategy similar to what we did at Port Arthur to reduce overall cost and risk to deliver another world-class LNG project. Also, we are pleased with the marketing and development at Port Arthur LNG Phase 2 and are particularly encouraged by recent comments made by the FERC Chairman in support of energy infrastructure projects needed for reliability.

Looking ahead, we're also expecting that Sempra Infrastructure Partners will finalize its project level ownership stake in Port Arthur LNG Phase 1 at 28%. This is within the previously shared target range of 20% to 30%, and we expect the transaction with KKR to close in the third quarter. Based on this updated ownership forecast for the project, Sempra Infrastructure Partners' equity requirement is anticipated to be approximately $1.74 billion and its proportionate share of EBITDA is estimated to be $460 million, which excludes certain upside economics such as Sempra Infrastructure's right to common facility payments from future phases.

Please turn to the next slide. At Port Arthur, we're developing a flagship energy hub that showcases the value of Sempra Infrastructure's world-class integrated capabilities. Sempra Infrastructure can leverage development and operational expertise across its portfolio to enhance the total value of Port Arthur. With 13 million tons per annum already under construction, Phase 2 is expected to double that capacity.

Further, we're leveraging the integrated capabilities of our business segments by developing the proposed Louisiana Connector pipeline, gas storage facilities, Titan Carbon Sequestration facility and an early-stage hydrogen project in the Port Arthur region. This comprehensive development approach supports the sustained growth of our energy infrastructure portfolio and is expected to help us capture a larger piece of the economics from the Port Arthur footprint.

At Port Arthur Phase 1, construction is well underway with more than 2.7 million hours worked without a lost time incident. Many of you are likely aware that our recent FERC request which would enable Bechtel to expand staffing and work schedules to include 24-hour shifts. This provides for better optimization of construction activities focusing on safety and allows for certain tasks to be completed at night, such as material deliveries and next-day site preparation. We also believe it will improve workflows and streamline schedules, so it's a mutually beneficial situation from our perspective.

With that, please turn to the next slide where Trevor will discuss Sempra's financial results.

Trevor Mihalik
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer: at Sempra

Thanks, Justin. Turning to Sempra's financial results. Earlier this morning, we reported second quarter 2023 GAAP earnings of $603 million or $1.91 per share. This compares to second quarter 2022 GAAP earnings of $559 million or $1.77 per share. On an adjusted basis, second quarter 2023 earnings were $594 million or $1.88 per share. This compares to our second quarter 2022 earnings of $626 million or $1.98 per share.

Please turn to the next slide. The variance in the second quarter 2023 adjusted earnings compared to the same period last year can be summarized by the following. At Sempra California, $32 million of higher CPUC base operating margin at SDG&E and higher amounts earned under certain CPUC regulatory incentive mechanisms and $14 million of higher CPUC net interest income earned on regulatory balances and higher tax benefits on flow-through items at SoCalGas, partially offset by net higher interest expense.

At Sempra Texas, $26 million of lower equity earnings from higher expenses and lower weather-driven consumption, offset by new base rates and customer growth. At Sempra Infrastructure, $40 million of higher earnings attributable to NCI, including the 10% sale of a minority interest in Sempra Infrastructure Partners to ADIA and higher development expense. This was partially offset by $33 million of higher equity earnings, primarily from transportation tariffs, partially offset by lower asset optimization revenues, primarily from lower LNG diversion fees and lower generation at TdM from a scheduled major maintenance. At Sempra Parent and other, there were $45 million of higher costs, primarily driven by lower tax benefits and increased net interest expense, partially offset by net investment gains.

Please turn to the next slide. Over the past 25 years, Sempra has transformed from a regional Southern California utility to a leading North American energy infrastructure company and is positioned at the intersection of multiple macroeconomic growth trends. Along each step of the way, we've exhibited strong financial stewardship, overseen meaningful earnings growth and returned significant capital to owners in the form of dividends and share repurchases.

Looking ahead, we're focused on reaching a constructive outcome on our California rate cases, executing our record capital plan, demonstrating financial discipline and materially advancing critical infrastructure projects across our growth platforms. We've had a great start to the year that highlights our compelling growth story.

And with that, this concludes our prepared remarks and we will now stop, open the line and take your questions.

Questions and Answers

Operator

[Operator Instructions] And our first question will come from Shahriar Pourreza with Guggenheim Partners. Your line is open.

Shahriar Pourreza
Analyst at Guggenheim Partners

Hey, guys. Good morning.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Good morning, Shar.

Shahriar Pourreza
Analyst at Guggenheim Partners

Good morning, Jeff. Starting off on your commentary for Oncor and I know you obviously -- you've had some assumptions in plant, but the Texas legislation is clearly a material support. For Oncor, we just saw a peer of yours raise capex while also kind of highlighting additional opportunities. Can you just help us quantify how and when incremental benefits start getting embedded in plan? When we could start seeing some more of the capex benefits reflected especially if you now have the ability to achieve allowed returns? So like could we further see updates as we approach your normal guidance, update cycle later this year around Texas? Thanks.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Yeah. Thank you for the question. And I certainly agree with you. This has been a very constructive legislative cycle in Texas, and I would start at the bare beginning by really expressing our appreciation to Allen and his team. They deserve a lot of credit and been doing an exceptional job on the ground there. They're clearly seeing a lot more growth on the system, Shar, and I'll have Allen speak to some of that growth in a second. But we would look forward to refreshing the Oncor plan this fall and providing future updates from Sempra's perspective in February.

I do think you may find it helpful though, and I want to mention, as a rule of thumb, the DCRF legislation is expected to improve Oncor earnings in our estimation around $70 million to $90 million on a full year basis, which falls within our current guidance. But as I mentioned, we'll be updating for 2025 on our February call. Also, it may be helpful that as a ballpark reference, every incremental $100 million of capital added to the plant in Texas is expected to add approximately $0.01 of accretion to Sempra on a pre-split basis.

But Allen, it might be helpful to Shar, if you just provide a little bit of visibility into the growth that you're seeing on the system and your future expectations. Yeah, sure, Jeff. Good morning. Growth continues to be just very, very strong frankly at record levels throughout our system and on all the metrics that we track. Just real quickly, premise growth is up about 10.5% quarter-over-quarter. We connected 21,000 approximately new premise in Q2 versus 19,000 same Q last year. Transmission points of interconnection or POIs are incredibly strong. We added 92 new requests in Q2 for a total amount now in our Q of 720, which is a 37% increase over the same quarter last year.

Broken down by retail and generation, retail requests for transmission points of interconnection are up around 22% versus the same quarter last year. Generation incredibly strong, up 50% over the last 12 months and the total number of generation requests has actually doubled since 2020, so really strong growth on our transmission system.

West Texas remains very strong. The Far West Texas weather zone peak increased by about 11.5% over the '22 peak. Peak on our Culberson transmission loop system out there, 21% year-over-year growth. And then just a couple more stats on things that aren't presently in the numbers. But our economic development team activities, new project requests were up 36% and request for information were up 32%. And all those things -- some of those things ultimately will work their way into the other numbers.

So we're very pleased with the continued economic expansion in Texas. We're very pleased with the continued very strong growth we're seeing on our system. If you look back, as Trevor said, we had $11.5 billion -- $11.7 billion in 2017 when the Sempra transaction with Oncor was announced by the end of '22. We had about $20.8 billion. We've already said we're doing about $3.6 billion in capex this year.

Looking forward, we still have a $19 billion capex plan for the next five. We added $200 million in July. We got our Board to approve that. That is new capital, that is not pulled forward. And then going into our October and first quarter Board meetings, we'll obviously do another capex plan refresh. As Trevor said, we think there's likely to be upside there if we continue to see the growth that we're seeing now as well as the addition of a resiliency plan under HB 2555 that's presently a PUC rulemaking right now.

So as Trevor said, we effectively doubled the rate base from the time the Sempra transaction was announced already. Looking forward, we think it's possible we see a path to potentially doubling our rate base again in the next five to six years in a manner that it really benefits our customers, results in a more resilient grid and benefits to the ERCOT market. All those things are obviously subject to the resiliency rulemaking, continuing to see strong growth in all the necessary Board actions. But Texas is a great story and we're very pleased to be a part of it, and I appreciate the question. So Shar, I'll just make the kind of concluding comment here that we've guided to $70 million to $90 million of incremental earnings associated with the DCF legislation. We talked about the accretion associated with the $100 million of capital in Texas. And to highlight, I think a couple of key things from Allen's comments. We've effectively doubled the rate base from 2017 to 2022. And I think Allen highlighted this, but there's more work to be done this fall with our planning team, but we have a real opportunity to more than double their rate base a second time in the next five to six years. So we've got some more planning work to be done, but we look forward to working with the Oncor Board and finalizing his role forward five-year capital plan and certainly coming back and updating how we think about that from Sempra's perspective in February.

Shahriar Pourreza
Analyst at Guggenheim Partners

Got it. Perfect. And lastly, Jeff, for me is obviously appreciate the stock split strategy to create some more liquidity. Obviously, the hope there is that it could eventually improve the valuation of the stock further. Are there sort of any other thoughts on strategy and optimization? I mean, Mexico has shown some desire to renationalize some energy industries. So has there been any interest on the legacy assets, especially as fuel storage and terminals were considered kind of a security need? Or does the SIP ownership structure kind of prohibit for any capital rotation decisions? Thank you, guys.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Yeah. Thank you, Shar. I'll kind of address both of those questions. I think the thought process behind the stock split is that we currently have the highest stock price in the S&P 500 Utility Index. As we celebrate our 25th anniversary, this is the first time that we've announced a stock split for the company. We certainly to your point think it will improve trading volumes and make the stock more accessible to a broader group of investors. So we view it just generally as a positive. And I think it really reflects management's bullish view on our future business prospects.

Turning to your issue of strategy and I'll come back to Mexico. Our Board reviews our strategy at every Board meeting. It's been a top focus of our management team for the last five years. And it's allowed us to simplify our business model, improve our visibility to future growth. When you think about the updates that Allen just provided and some of the things from our prepared remarks, we feel great about our growth and income story and we have more work to do as I indicated with Allen's team to continue to think about the growth prospects in his business.

Turning to Mexico. This kind of goes to the issue of what our prioritization is and Justin mentioned this in his prepared remarks. But by combining Mexico with LNG, we created a business of larger scale with what are effectively midstream assets with approximately 17 to 18 years tenure in that overall contract portfolio. So it's a really high-quality portfolio of cash flows. But as we look to finance our future, there's no question that we're going to continue to prioritize the growth in our utilities.

We've demonstrated a willingness to sell down in the capital structure to SI. And I think we've done that quite efficiently in the past two years. And opportunities like you identified continue to capital recycle that's right in our wheelhouse. So we'll continue to look for assets that are less core to our future strategy. And that will always be something that we'll take a hard look at with Trevor and his team. So we feel good about our strategy going forward, and we appreciate the question.

Shahriar Pourreza
Analyst at Guggenheim Partners

Much appreciated, guys. Have a great morning. Thank you so much.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Thank you, Shar.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Durgesh Chopra from Evercore ISI. Your line is now open.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Good morning, Durgesh.

Durgesh Chopra
Analyst at Evercore ISI

Hey, good morning. Good morning, Jeff. Hey, just -- maybe just looking at your year-to-date performance, just wanted to get your thoughts of how that's tracking versus your expectations? I mean, the EPS guidance range is still pretty wide. But clearly, you've exceeded my expectations and I believe Street estimates. So just how is the year shaping up versus your guidance range?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Sure. Appreciate the question. You'll recall that in 2022, we really had a banner year. We reported around $9.21 of adjusted EPS. Reporting $4.80 for this year, we think is a very strong number. So we think we've had a strong first half, a good first quarter. We feel great about our guidance. Honestly, one of the things that we're focused on as a management team in Kevin's business is making sure that we execute very well around our rate cases here in the State of California. And we mentioned on the call that we expect to finalize that in the middle of next summer with rates retroactive to January 1. So I think we feel very good about where we're at this year. I think it also signals strength to our guidance for next year.

Durgesh Chopra
Analyst at Evercore ISI

Got it. Very strongly positioned, it sounds like. Okay. Then maybe just turning to California and you mentioned the rate cases, but the CAISO opportunity, $500 million, is that incremental? Or is that embedded in the current capex plan? And then you also highlighted $2 billion worth of projects, which are going to be competitively bid on. Maybe just talk to us as to how we see that embedded into your capex plans, just the time line and next steps there. Thank you.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Sure. I appreciate that question. We actually think very similar to Texas, there's a very strong underlying growth story in California. We highlighted in our prepared remarks, but SDG&E has seen year-over-year demand growth of about 3%. I've been at the company since 2004. We've never seen that type of growth and it really is a reflection of the electrification that's taken place in the state. On your issue of whether the $500 million of incremental transmission projects are in our five-year plan, just remember, our current plan goes through 2027. We're going to roll that plan forward next February. This is really the CAISO's efforts to lock in the needed transmission they need for the next 10 years. So most of these projects will be outside of our current five-year plan and be picked up in future periods.

But I thought, Kevin, it might be helpful to give your perspective on the transmission opportunities here in the state and specifically the larger numbers that Durgesh just spoke to.

Kevin Sagara
Executive Vice President and Group President of California Utilities at Sempra

Yeah. Thanks, Durgesh. Stepping back for a second, as Jeff's talking about, it's clear the grids all across the country need significant upgrades as we move toward more electrification. In California, we've estimated that electric demand will more than double by 2045 with commensurate investments in grids. And as you mentioned, we're seeing that kind of load growth in San Diego already with a lot of adoption around electric vehicles. So we're really excited about this recent announcement for the CAISO to add $7 billion. This is just like an incremental $7 billion of transmission opportunities.

And as Trevor mentioned, $0.5 billion has already been directly awarded to SDG&E and we're going to bid on those $2 billion to $3 billion of other projects. And I'd note that across the Sempra family of companies, we're one of the largest owners and operators of high-voltage electric transmission in the country and really well positioned to be successful here in California as California continues this path of aggressive investments to enhance and facilitate electrification.

Durgesh Chopra
Analyst at Evercore ISI

Got it. Thanks, guys. Just a quick follow-up. Is there a time line on that -- the $2 billion worth of projects that you mentioned, over what time frame is that going to be awarded?

Kevin Sagara
Executive Vice President and Group President of California Utilities at Sempra

Well, it's going to be -- I think there's going to be a short list close to winter in December and then with something awarded early next year. So I think more to follow here, but there's a process that CAISO is going to follow. And like I said, I'm pretty optimistic and we're going to be very competitive.

Durgesh Chopra
Analyst at Evercore ISI

Awesome. Thank you, Kevin.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question will come from Julien Dumoulin-Smith from Bank of America. Your line is now open.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Good morning, Julien.

Julien Dumoulin-Smith
Analyst at Bank of America

Hey, good morning, team. Thanks for the time. I appreciate it. All right. If I can focus first on the LNG side, if you don't mind. I just wanted to understand a little bit of the push out in the time line on the Cameron side. Clearly, this has been in some senses articulated previously. But as you think about getting clarity on time line today on when to move forward, are you kind of waiting for inflation to moderate? Are you waiting for certain milestones to be achieved here with your new partner with Bechtel? Or are there other considerations? Just to kind of understand the shift to '24 now, but also the input parameters to narrow that in a little bit more precisely?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Sure. I'll make a few comments. I'll pass it to Justin maybe provide a larger overview of his LNG development program. But I would just start by saying, Julien, the best way to think about it is we were on a call very similar to this in August of last year where we were talking about the potential for Port Arthur Phase 1 to leapfrog Cameron. And we were not at that time prepared to make an FID estimate for Port Arthur, but we felt good about the progress.

We're probably in a similar position today. We've got more work to be done on both of our brownfield projects, Cameron expansion as well as Port Arthur 2, but we're making significant progress. We're very excited to have selected Bechtel. Bechtel is doing a wonderful job and he's been on site at Port Arthur for probably close to five years at this point. So I think that's a big step forward for us to have Bechtel in-house working with us on finalizing cost and design work.

And Justin, maybe you could do two things, update us on the overall LNG portfolio for Julien's benefit and maybe provide additional details about how you're thinking about timing.

Justin Bird
Chief Executive Officer of Sempra Infrastructure at Sempra

Great. Well, thank you, Julien. Let me take a step back, as Jeff mentioned, again, our core strategy is to build an LNG infrastructure business. And that would be a business that offers customers LNG volumes from both the Pacific and Gulf Coast. And as you think about where we are to date, Cameron Phase 1 is producing in excess of 100% of its expected volumes. ECA Phase 1 and Port Arthur Phase 1 are under construction and both are proceeding safely and on schedule.

And as you look at our LNG development projects, look, we're very excited about the opportunity set in front of us. At Cameron Phase 2, as Jeff mentioned, the selection of Bechtel is a major milestone. And what we're doing with Bechtel is similar to what we did at Port Arthur. We and our Cameron partners will continue to conduct value engineering work through the fall as we finalize the EPC arrangements.

And again, you have to remember that the goal is to optimize the design, so we can optimize the overall cost structure and timing of COD. These efforts should position us for an FID next year subject to definitive commercial arrangements and any needed regulatory extensions. So as you think about that timing, we're going to press forward on the EPC arrangements. And I guess, I would echo what Jeff said, we were in this position last year on Port Arthur 1, and we'll try to do the same thing.

Looking at Port Arthur Phase 2, very optimistic. We continue to advance commercial discussions with potential customers, importantly many of whom are also interested in project equity. And at the same time, we're advancing engineering construction with Bechtel, regulatory and financing. Julien, as I kind of think about the business and where we are today, I think the key takeaway is we have made significant progress on our LNG strategy and are very bullish on both Port Arthur Phase 2 and Cameron Phase 2 moving forward next year.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

And then I would just conclude, Julien, by saying that we're going to finalize costs around Cameron expansion. We're going to complete the commercial arrangements and continue to progress our permits and look to take FID next year on Cameron. The most important thing I'd always remind folks is it's never really a race. It's about putting all the risk in a box and optimizing the project to produce the best returns for our investors. And we've demonstrated the ability to do that and we've got a great team on it. So we feel good about our progress on both Port Arthur Phase 2 and Cameron expansion.

Julien Dumoulin-Smith
Analyst at Bank of America

Got it. And just in light of those last comments, if you don't mind elaborating, Jeff, you used the term leapfrogging. I heard you the last time talking about it. I'm hearing you this time talking about it. So you feel pretty good about getting -- I'm just paying attention to what you say. The time line here, you're closer than not on announcing incremental commercial terms here, if you will, as just on PA 2. And then also the inflationary dynamics, do you feel confident about the terms there to derisk that project, the second phase as well?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

No, I would just clarify that I was reminding ourselves that when we had this call last year, there was still a fair amount of uncertainty around both projects and we indicated there might be an opportunity for Port Arthur Phase 1 to leapfrog forward. What I'm really referring to is even though there seems like there's a little bit of uncertainty around both of these brownfield projects, I can assure you that both of them are progressing in advance of what we've said publicly. So we feel very good about both of them going forward, just like we were able to mature Port Arthur Phase 1. We're going to work diligently on Cameron expansion and Port Arthur Phase 2 with the hope of doing the same thing on both of those projects.

Julien Dumoulin-Smith
Analyst at Bank of America

Right. And you said still anticipated to sell down the equity potentially in future expansion. Just considering the backdrop of LNG transactions of late, I'm sure you can just clarify that last comment, too?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

No. I mean this goes back to kind of how we tend to finance things. And obviously, as we've talked about before several times, Julien, we're going to maximize our operating cash flows. We've got a lot of flexibility in our overall capital structure to finance things. But you see us at a 50% ownership level in Cameron today. You've seen us now at a 28% ownership position for Sempra Infrastructure Partners in Port Arthur Phase 1. But one of the unique things is we have the opportunity to optimize the capital structure so that we really improve the returns for our shareholders. So certainly, I think that's a pattern in practice you would expect us to continue.

Julien Dumoulin-Smith
Analyst at Bank of America

Yeah. Thank you, guys.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Jeremy Tonet from J.P. Morgan Securities. Your line is now open.

Jeremy Tonet
Analyst at J.P. Morgan

Hi, good morning.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Good morning, Jeremy.

Jeremy Tonet
Analyst at J.P. Morgan

Just want to pick up after what Julien was putting down there with regards to Port Arthur 2, more specifically on the FERC and the lack of the boat there for the expansion. Any current sense on timing on your end? And do you see this kind of impacting commercial discussion?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

No, we don't. We do think it's important for that FERC certificate to be issued. We certainly think that will be issued in the next month or two. So we remain optimistic about that.

Jeremy Tonet
Analyst at J.P. Morgan

Got it. That's helpful there. And then maybe drawing a bit more of a fine point. As a follow-up, we've seen Cove Point transacted at a much lower multiple than it did in 2019. And just wondering if this is a sign of value of the LNG space changing or just any thoughts on the value of that transaction?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Look, I think at Cove Point, what you saw take place was the transaction from minority interest. It was not a transaction related to a controlling interest. I think the thing I would follow back on, Jeremy, is when you look at what's taking place in the LNG marketplace today in the world has a global capacity of just below 400 million tons per annum. That marketplace will grow by more than 50% by the end of the decade and likely double by the middle of the century.

So the way we think about it is there is a need today for more LNG. That need will grow as countries around the world look for natural gas to balance out their commitment to cleaner fuels like renewables. We think the United States continues to have a competitive advantage and we'll take market share. We are the world leader today in 2023. And when you think about the competitive price of natural gas in the United States, you think about the depth of our capital markets and the constructive regulation.

This is less about Cove Point or NextDecade or Sempra. This is about the United States taking a leadership position in the world. We think this business will continue to get much bigger. It's grown at about an 8% CAGR from '17 to 2021 and we continue to expect to see strong growth in LNG marketplace. And I think Sempra is well positioned as any company in North America to be a big part of it.

Jeremy Tonet
Analyst at J.P. Morgan

Got it. That's very helpful there. And wondering if there's any more commentary you're able to provide as far as commercial discussions are concerned between Asian versus European buyers or portfolio buyers otherwise. Just trying to get a flavor for kind of how that is progressing at this point.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Yeah. We're having commercial negotiations on Port Arthur Phase 2 as well as on some of the offtake arrangements around Cameron expansion. Many of the same type of customers you would expect in Europe and in Asia are part of those conversations. It is a very vibrant market today and there's lots of conversations taking place by our marketing team. So we remain optimistic about future announcements in that area.

Jeremy Tonet
Analyst at J.P. Morgan

Got it. Real quick last one, if I could. Just wondering if you could provide more details on this latest Port Arthur CCS announcement. Is this project just CCS report Arthur in Sempra? Or I guess, how -- what's the addressable market that you're targeting there?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Yeah. I would say that we've named this project Titan. It's some recent port space that we've been able to acquire. It is a very competitive process in Louisiana and Texas to have these types of facilities. And Titan has been dedicated to serve the needs of Port Arthur Phase 1 and future phases at Port Arthur. We also expect that it will serve other third-party interest in the region.

Jeremy Tonet
Analyst at J.P. Morgan

Got it. That's helpful. I'll leave it there. Thanks.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Thank you. Appreciate you joining the call.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from Carly Davenport from Goldman Sachs. Your line is open.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Good morning, Carly.

Carly Davenport
Analyst at The Goldman Sachs Group

Hey, Jeff. How are you? Thanks for taking the questions. Just wanted to go back to Texas very quickly. You had mentioned the Resiliency Bill. Could you just give us some details from a timing perspective in terms of when you're able to file for that? And kind of how long the approval process is expected to take until you can begin to recover investments under it?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Sure. It's a really good question. And I will tell you it is a very, very important development in Texas. We think it will be something that we will participate in once the rulemaking is set. But Allen, perhaps you could talk about the bill itself when you think the rulemaking will be over and when you expect you'll put your first three-year filing in front of the commission.

Allen Nye
Chief Executive Officer Oncor Electric Deliver at Sempra

Yeah. You bet, Jeff. Let me -- I'll just run you through kind of the timeline that we're seeing for HB 2555, the Resiliency Bill. The bill became effective June 13 of this year. It required a rulemaking to be completed within 180 days. So the statutory deadline for the rule is December 10 of this year subject to whatever comes out of that rulemaking, presumably utilities like us would be free to file thereafter. The plans that are filed with the commission by law are required to be approved, modified or rejected within 180 days. So with respect to us, we're hoping to file a plan in Q1 of 2024 and seek to have that plan approved in the second half of '24. That's what we know for now.

Carly Davenport
Analyst at The Goldman Sachs Group

Great. That's really helpful. Thank you for that. And then just to think about the -- maybe shifting to California, just you mentioned the general rate cases kind of going on there. Can you just talk about kind of how that process has [Technical Issues] so far and if there's anything that surprised you so far?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Sure. I'll make a couple of comments and I'll pass it to Kevin if he wants to add anything. But the GRC hearings concluded in July and opening briefs will be filed in the middle of this month with the proposed decisions I indicated in the second quarter of 2024. I think the most important thing, Carly, is the state is very focused on safety, reliability and decarbonization and that's exactly how we lined up our rate cases. So remember, we had the first ramp rate case back in 2019. This is also a ramp format that we're following and it's really closely aligned with what we think are the public policy positions of the state. So I think we're in good shape. Kevin, would you like to add anything else about how this unfolds?

Kevin Sagara
Executive Vice President and Group President of California Utilities at Sempra

I mean just process-wise, Carly, I just would mention that we also just updated our filings for inputs from inflation factors, labor rates, medical insurance costs and the like. So we just updated them. We're going to have a refile this fall and look forward for a PD in the first part of mid-next year, first part of the year.

Carly Davenport
Analyst at The Goldman Sachs Group

Great. I appreciate the color. Thank you.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Thank you, Carly.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question will come from Nicholas Campanella from Barclays. Your line is now open.

Nicholas Campanella
Analyst at Barclays

Hey, everyone, thanks for taking the questions.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Hi, Nick.

Nicholas Campanella
Analyst at Barclays

I'll keep it short. So I guess, Port Arthur good to see you finalize 28% here. Just what's causing you to fall higher in the range that you kind of gave to us? And then when we think about the puts and takes around the funding plan and what was outlined in the first quarter call now that you've kind of solidified this 28%, should we still think about no kind of external equity financing at the holdco? Thank you.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Yeah. Sure. I would just say that we had originally targeted between 20% and 30% ownership. Obviously, our goal is to own as much of the project as we can. So we are very pleased to guide up to the 28% range. Previously on calls, we had talked about notionally just giving out information at the 25% level. But our goal all along was to make sure that we could land as high in the range as possible. I think we're well set on financing. I'll pass it over to Faisel Khan, who's the CFO of Sempra Infrastructure and maybe you can just update us on how he expect the Denali Capital process to go forward and your funding for Port Arthur Phase I.

Faisel Khan
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Sempra Infrastructure at Sempra

Yeah. Thanks, Jeff. So as always talked about, we have the sort of flexible capital structure. So first, with our project financing at Port Arthur sort of well underway that's roughly $7 billion in capital for the project. Then of course, we have our partners, ConocoPhillips and now KKR as equity partners as well. And then we also have moving up the capital structure, you get into Sempra infrastructure Partners where you have ADIA and KKR as well. So again, plenty of capital to be drawn on from all of our partners sort of having that capital -- flexible capital structure in place enables us to sort of maximize returns for the project up to Sempra.

Nicholas Campanella
Analyst at Barclays

Got it. Thanks. And then I know everyone is very focused on Train 4 for Cameron. But can you just give us a sense of how debottlenecking for one through three is progressing? And whether you remain on track to increase that capacity before Train 4?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Sure, Justin, you can take that.

Justin Bird
Chief Executive Officer of Sempra Infrastructure at Sempra

Yeah, Nick, we're still doing some of that engineering work. I'd say it's very positive. And as -- just as you recall, the debottlenecking won't be binary. So what we'll likely do as we continue to take trains down for routine maintenance, we will do the debottlenecking activities during those trains and we'll expect to see additional volumes. So again, the bottlenecking is moving forward very positively.

Nicholas Campanella
Analyst at Barclays

Thanks. Have a great day.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Thank you, Nick.

Operator

Thank you. And our next question will come from Steve Fleishman from Wolfe. Your line is open.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Hello, Steve.

Steve Fleishman
Analyst at Wolfe Research

Hey, Jeff. Just under the wire. I just wanted to circle back to the -- back to Oncor and some of the things you mentioned, the $70 million, $90 million on DCRF and the kind of sensitivity on investment. So when would you see this benefit of DCRF? Would that be pretty much in place for 2024? Or -- yeah.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Yes, so it's a good question. We expect to make our second DCRF filing for this year in September. And the pickup for DCRF which might be a little bit this year will primarily be in 2024. So it will be a full run rate benefit in 2024, Steve.

Steve Fleishman
Analyst at Wolfe Research

Okay. But you said it falls within your guidance because your guidance range is pretty wide, I guess.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

That's correct. But we also review that with our Board in the ordinary course as part of our fall financing exercise. And you'll recall, we'll also be updating and issuing our 2025 guidance on the February call.

Steve Fleishman
Analyst at Wolfe Research

Okay. And tied in with that, just on the capital at Oncor, which you said you'll update in the fall. The -- I mean, will that include -- are you going to just update kind of normal course there? Or will that include this reliability aspect as well, which won't have been fully finalized by them? Or would that maybe come later on?

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Yeah. I think this goes back to Carly's question. We're going to do our normal roll forward five-year planning process led by Don Clevenger at Oncor. The Oncor Board will be deeply involved with that as well the ownership both of TTI and Sempra. We obviously have seen the capital plan grow from $15 billion to $19 billion just year-over-year and we certainly think it's going to obviously grow again as we've already indicated. The key issue for you on this new rulemaking, which Allen indicated, the rulemaking, Steve, will not be finalized until at the earliest December 10 of this year. And Allen will be coming back to the Board with an add-on related to resiliency.

So the work that we're doing that will be finalized in the fall is the normal roll forward five-year capital plan. But once we have the rulemaking in place, Allen and his team will hustle to put together the appropriate analysis for the Oncor Board and that will lead to the filing that will be made with the commission. And I think as Allen indicated, we expect to have feedback from the commission in the second half of the year.

Allen, do you want add to that?

Allen Nye
Chief Executive Officer Oncor Electric Deliver at Sempra

No, Jeff. I think that's exactly right.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Okay.

Steve Fleishman
Analyst at Wolfe Research

Great. Thank you. Appreciate it.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Good to talk to you, Steve.

Operator

That concludes today's question-and-answer session. At this time, I'd like to turn the conference back to Jeff Martin for any additional closing remarks.

Jeffrey Martin
Chief Executive Officer at Sempra

Look, as we close out today's call, I wanted to note that we're pleased with our financial results, both for the quarter and for the first half of the year. I certainly believe we continue to make great progress on our LNG story and we're making progress at Phase 2 at both Cameron and Port Arthur and are also pleased to guide to the higher ownership percentage of 28% at Port Arthur Phase I. And as you can tell from today's call, Texas continues to be one of the leading growth stories in the country, and the improved regulatory compact there is a very strong signal in my opinion for continued investment.

And finally, as we celebrate our 25th anniversary, we're pleased to announce our two-for-one stock split. We appreciate everyone making time to join us this morning. We have several IR events this month in Wisconsin and Las Vegas and hope to see many of you there. This concludes our call and feel free to follow up with our IR team. Thank you.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

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