Ameren Corporation’s AEE first-quarter 2019 earnings of 78 cents per share from continuing operations surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 70 cents by 11.4%. The bottom line also improved by 25.8% from the year-ago quarter’s 62 cents.
Total revenues came in at $1,556 million in the reported quarter, which declined 1.8% year over year owing to lower electric sales volumes.
Highlights of the Release
Ameren’s total electricity sales volumes declined 3.3% to 19,217 million kilowatt hours (kWh) compared with 19,869 million kWh in the year-ago quarter. However, gas volumes expanded 6.5% to 82 million dekatherms.
Total operating expenses summed $1,268 million, down 3.35% year over year. Interest expenses were $97 million compared with $101 million a year ago.
The company’s operating income increased 5.5% to $288 million from $273 million in the year-ago quarter.
Ameren Missouri segment reported operating income of $39 million in the first quarter compared with $38 million in the year-ago quarter.
Ameren Illinois Electric Distribution segment reported operating income of $36 million in the first quarter compared with $33 million in the year-ago quarter.
Ameren Illinois Natural Gas segment reported operating income of $57 million compared with $42 million in the year-ago quarter.
Ameren Transmission segment reported operating income of $44 million in the first quarter compared with $37 million in the year-ago quarter.
Ameren Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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The company reported cash and cash equivalents of $8 million as on Mar 31, 2019, compared with $16 million at 2018 end.
As of Mar 31, 2019, long-term debt totaled $8,221 million compared with $7,859 million as on Dec 31, 2018.
In the first quarter of 2019, cash from operating activities amounted to $387 million compared with $258 million in the first quarter of 2018.
Ameren reaffirms its 2019 guidance. The company expects earnings of $3.15-$3.35 per share, which is projected to grow at a 6-8% compound annual rate from 2018 through 2023. Currently the Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s 2019 earnings is pegged at $3.27 per share, higher than the mid-point of the company’s guided range.
Ameren sports a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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