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Eversource Energy ES reported second-quarter 2021 operating earnings of 79 cents per share, which lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 1.2%.
The bottom line, however, improved 5.3% year over year. The improvement in earnings was due to strong contribution from the acquired Columbia Gas of Massachusetts assets, and solid performance of its Electric Transmission and Electric Distribution segments.
Second-quarter revenues of $2,122.5 million missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,182 million by 2.7%. Total revenues, however, improved 8.7% from the year-ago figure of $1,953.1 million.
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Highlights of the Release
Operating expenses increased nearly 10% year over year to $1,670.9 million. Operating income was up 4.1% from the prior-year quarter to $451.6 million. Interest expenses increased 8.3% from the prior-year quarter to $145.4 million.
Net income for the quarter under review was $264.5 million, up 4.9% from $252.2 million recorded in the year-ago period.
Electric Distribution: Earnings from this segment were $137.6 million, down 6.3% from the prior-year quarter. The improvement was primarily due to higher revenues, offset by increased operation and maintenance expenses as well as depreciation and property taxes.
Electric Transmission: The segment’s earnings were up 5.7% year over year to $121.6 million. The upside was due to increased investment in Eversource’s transmission facilities.
Natural Gas Distribution: This segment’s earnings improved 57.7% from the prior-year quarter to $4.1 million. The year-over-year improvement was due to higher revenues and contribution from the acquired assets of Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.
Water Distribution: Earnings from this segment were $8.9 million, down 14.4% from $10.4 million in the year-ago quarter.
Eversource Parent & Other Companies: The segment’s loss was $0.9 million compared with a loss of $1.4 million in the year-ago quarter.
Eversource expects earnings for 2021 to be at the lower end of the guided range of $3.81-$3.93 per share. The midpoint of management’s earnings guidance is $3.87, which is higher than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3.84 for the year.
The company also reaffirmed long-term earnings per share growth rate from existing core regulated businesses in the upper half of 5-7%, using the $3.64 per share earned in 2020 as a base.
The company expects capital expenditure for 2021 to be $3.5 billion. Its total capital expenditure for the 2021-2025 time period is expected to be $17 billion, which will assist Eversource to achieve carbon neutral target by 2030.
Eversource currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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