Aqua America, Inc. WTR reported third-quarter 2019 earnings per share of 48 cents, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 43 cents by 11.63%.
The bottom line improved 9.1% from the year-ago quarter’s figure of 44 cents.
Quarterly revenues amounted to $243.6 million, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $236 million by 3.2%. Moreover, the top line increased 7.7% year over year. The uptick can be attributed to rates as well as customer growth from acquisitions and organic growth.
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Highlights of the Release
During the third quarter, operations and maintenance expenses increased nearly 19.5% year over year to $82 million.
The company incurred interest expenses of $32.6 million, up 28.3% from the prior-year quarter’s level.
Year-to-date rate increase in 2019 will boost annual revenues of the company by $59.8 million. The pending rate case, when approved, is expected to increase revenues by $63,000.
Current assets were $2,178.9 million as of Sep 30, 2019 compared with $147.2 million on Dec 31, 2018.
Long-term debt was $2,898.3 million as of Sep 30, 2019, higher than $2,398.5 million on Dec 31, 2018.
During the first nine months of 2019, the company invested $401.6 million to strengthen its infrastructure systems.
Aqua America maintained its 2019 adjusted net earnings guidance in the range of $1.45-$1.50 per share.
It expects customer base to expand 2-3% in 2019. The company plans to invest $550 million toward infrastructure development of service communities during the year. This is part of its investment plan of nearly $1.4 billion through 2021.
Currently, Aqua America carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
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