CenterPoint Energy (CNP) Q3 Earnings Lag, Revenues Rise Y/Y
CenterPoint Energy, Inc. CNP reported third-quarter 2018 adjusted earnings of 39 cents per share, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 41 cents by 4.9%. Quarterly earnings improved by a penny from the year-ago quarter’s tally.
The company reported GAAP earnings of 35 cents per share in the reported quarter.
CenterPoint Energy’s total revenues in the quarter were $2,212 million, which surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,120 million by 4.3%. Revenues were also 5.4% higher than $2,098 million reported a year ago.
The rise in the top line was driven by higher contribution from both its utility and non-utility segments.
Total expenses during the third quarter increased 10.3% to $1,986 million.
The company’s operating income declined 23.1% to $226 million from $297 million in the year-ago quarter.
Interest and other finance charges increased to $90 million from $80 million a year ago.
The Electric Transmission & Distribution segment reported operating income of $227 million during the third quarter compared with $254 million in the year-ago quarter.
The Natural Gas Distribution segment reported operating income of $3 million compared with $25 million in the year-ago quarter.
The Energy Services segment reported operating loss of $9 million against the operating income of $7 million in the year-ago quarter.
The company’s midstream investments segment reported $81 million of equity income compared with $68 million a year ago.
The company’s other operations segment reported operating income of $5 million compared with operating income of $11 million in the prior-year quarter. This decrease is primarily due to costs related to the pending merger with Vectren.
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As of Sep 30, 2018, CenterPoint Energy had cash and cash equivalents of $293 million, up from $260 million as of Dec 31, 2017.
Total long-term debt was $7,252 million as of Sep 30, 2018 compared with $8,195 million as of Dec 31, 2017.
At the end of third-quarter 2018, the company’s net cash from operating activities was $1,679 million, up from $1,028 million in the year-ago period.
Also, CenterPoint Energy’s total capital expenditure was $434 million, up from $358 million a year ago.
CenterPoint Energy reaffirmed its 2018 earnings guidance. The company expects to achieve the high end of the earlier announced guidance range of $1.50-$1.60 per diluted share, excluding costs associated with the pending merger with Vectren.
In addition, the company has issued $5.2 billion of debt and equity securities to fund the pending merger with Vectren. Therefore, 2018 is expected to have higher net interest expenses and a higher common stock share count.
CenterPoint Energy currently 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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