Entergy Corporation ETR reported third-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings of $2.45 per share, which missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.50 by 2%.
However, the reported figure inched up 0.4% from $2.44 in the year-ago quarter.
The company reported GAAP earnings of $2.63 per share compared with $2.59 a year ago.
Entergy’s third-quarter revenues of $3,353.5 million exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,945.6 million by 13.8%. Further, revenues increased 15.5% from $2,903.6 million in the year-ago quarter due to higher Electric and Natural gas revenues.
Entergy Corporation Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Utility: The segment’s adjusted quarterly earnings came in at $2.77 per share. Its GAAP earnings were $2.82 per share compared with $2.74 in the prior-year quarter.
Parent & Other: The segment incurred a loss of 32 cents per share compared with a loss of 30 cents in the prior-year quarter.
Highlights of the Release
Operating expenses in the third quarter were $2.53 billion, up 18.9% from $2.13 billion in the year-ago quarter.
Operating income during the quarter totaled $827.9 million compared with $778 million in the year-ago quarter.
Interest expenses were $216.6 million, up 4.2% from $207.8 million in the year-ago quarter.
As of Sep 30, 2021, total retail customers served by the company increased 0.8% to 2.98 million.
As of Sep 30, 2021, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $1,000 million compared with $1,759.1 million as of Dec 31, 2020.
Long-term debt was $23.85 billion at the end of third-quarter 2021 compared with $21.20 billion as of Dec 31, 2020.
At the end of third-quarter 2021, the company generated cash from operating activities worth $1,264 million compared with cash generated from operating activities of $921.9 million in the prior-year quarter.
Guidance for 2021
For 2021, Entergy currently expects to generate adjusted earnings in the range of $5.90-$6.10, narrower than its earlier guidance range of $5.80-$6.10 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for the company’s earnings is currently pegged at $5.95 per share, which lies below the midpoint of the newly guided range.
Entergy currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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