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American Electric (AEP) Q3 Earnings Beat, Revenues Fall Y/Y

Aparajita Dutta

American Electric Power Co., Inc. AEP reported third-quarter 2020 adjusted earnings per share of $1.47, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.46 by 0.7%. The bottom line also improved 0.7% from the year-ago quarter’s reported figure.

The company reported GAAP earnings of $1.51 per share compared with the year-ago quarter’s earnings of $1.49.

Total Revenues

American Electric’s third-quarter revenues of $4.1 billion missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.5 billion by 8.3%. The reported figure also declined 4.7% from the year-ago quarter’s $4.3 billion.

American Electric Power Company, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

American Electric Power Company, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
American Electric Power Company, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Quarterly Highlights

Total adjusted expenses in the quarter were $1,875 million compared with $1,941.7 million a year ago.

Adjusted operating income was $728.2 million, up 0.8% from $722.3 million in the year-ago quarter.

Segmental Performance

Vertically Integrated Utility Operations: Operating earnings in the quarter decreased to $422.5 million from $437.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

Transmission & Distribution Utilities: Operating earnings were $152.6 million, up from $133.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

AEP Transmission Holdco: This segment generated operating earnings of $139.6 million, up from $126.1 million in the second quarter of 2019.

Generation and Marketing: Operating earnings were $63.2 million, down from $78.3 million in the year-ago quarter.

Corporate & Other: Operating losses were $49.7 million compared with operating loss of $53.9 million in the year-ago quarter.

Financial Update

As of Sep 30, 2020, American Electric had cash and cash equivalents of $409.7 million compared with $246.8 million as of Dec 31, 2019.

Long-term debt was $28.16 billion as of Sep 30, 2020, compared with $25.13 billion as of Dec 31, 2019.

Cash flow from operations was $2,922.2 million at the end of third-quarter 2020 compared with $3,349.9 million at the end of second-quarter 2019.

2020 Guidance

American Electric reaffirmed 2020 operating earnings guidance in the range of $4.25-$4.45 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2020 earnings, pegged at $4.32, lies below the mid-point of the guidance.

Zacks Rank

American Electric currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Stocks to Consider

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Edison International EIX is set to release third-quarter earnings on Oct 27. It has an Earnings ESP of +3.45% and a Zacks Rank #3, presently.

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