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DTE Energy (DTE) Beats on Q1 Earnings, Invests in Renewables

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DTE Energy Company DTE reported first-quarter 2019 operating earnings per share (EPS) of $2.05, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.95 by 5.1%. The figure also increased 7.3% from $1.91 reported in the year-ago quarter.

On a GAAP basis, the company’s reported earnings came in at $2.19 per share compared with $2.00 in the prior-year quarter.

Highlights of the Release

During the first quarter of 2019, DTE Energy announced the opening of the Pine River Wind Park. With 65 turbines, it is the largest wind park in Michigan and also the company’s most cost-effective wind project till date.

Also, during the quarter, the company filed an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), intending to reduce carbon emissions by 32% by 2023, 50% by 2030, and wrap it up with an 80% cut by 2040 instead of 2050. DTE Energy will also invest $2 billion in renewables by 2024, doubling the company's renewable energy production over the next five years.

Operating net income in the reported quarter totaled $374 million compared with $342 million in the year-ago quarter.

Segmental Details

Utility Operations

DTE Electric:  The segment’s operating earnings totaled $147 million, up from $142 million registered in the prior-year quarter.

DTE Gas: The segment generated operating earnings of $151 million in the quarter compared with $111 million in the prior-year quarter.

Non-Utility Operations: The operating earnings from Non-Utility operations were $79 million compared with $105 million in the year-ago quarter.

DTE Energy Company Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Guidance

DTE Energy reaffirmed its 2019 operating earnings per share guidance of $5.97-$6.33.

Zacks Rank

DTE Energy carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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NextEra Energy Partners, LP NEP incurred a loss of 38 cents per share in first-quarter 2019 against the Zacks Consensus Estimate of earnings of 52 cents.

NextEra Energy, Inc. NEE reported first-quarter 2019 adjusted earnings of $2.20 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.01 by 9.4%.

An Upcoming Utility Release

Consolidated Edison Inc. ED carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) and is scheduled to report first-quarter results on May 2.

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