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Here's How Much You'd Have If You Invested $1000 in NextEra Energy a Decade Ago

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How much a stock's price changes over time is a significant driver for most investors. Not only can price performance impact your portfolio, but it can help you compare investment results across sectors and industries as well.

Another thing that can drive investing is the fear of missing out, or FOMO. This particularly applies to tech giants and popular consumer-facing stocks.

What if you'd invested in NextEra Energy (NEE) ten years ago? It may not have been easy to hold on to NEE for all that time, but if you did, how much would your investment be worth today?

NextEra Energy's Business In-Depth

With that in mind, let's take a look at NextEra Energy's main business drivers.

Juno Beach, FL-based NextEra Energy Inc. (previously known as FPL Group Inc.) is a public utility holding company engaged in the generation, transmission, distribution, and sale of electric energy. The company has both regulated and non-regulated energy-related products and services, with operations in 27 states in the U.S. and four provinces in Canada. NextEra Energy was founded in 1925. The company serves nearly 10 million people through approximately 5 million customer accounts.

NextEra Energy's primary subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company (FPL), Gulf Power Company and NextEra Energy Resources LLC (NEER). NextEra Energy Capital Holdings, Inc. (NEECH) is a wholly owned subsidiary of NextEra, which owns and provides funds for NEER and other operating subsidiaries apart from FPL and its subsidiaries.In 2014, NextEra Energy formed NextEra Energy Partners, LP  to own, manage and acquire contracted clean energy projects. As of Mar 31, 2020, the company had 45,500 megawatts of net generating capacity.

NextEra Energy produces a large volume of electricity from wind and solar energy. The company, through its subsidiaries, is advocating higher usage of clean fuel sources to generate electricity and aiming to reduce total carbon emissions by 67% within 2025 from 2005 base.

FPL, Gulf Power and NEER contributed $11,662 million, $1,398 million and $5,046 million to its top line, respectively, in 2020. Corporate and Other negatively impacted the top line by $109 million in 2020.

On Jan 1, 2021, Gulf Power legally merged into FPL. Gulf Power will continue as a separate operating division during 2021, serving the existing customers under separate retail rates.

NEER is the competitive energy business of NextEra and plans to add 22,675-30,000 MW of clean power generation assets across the United States over the 2021-2024 time frame. Amid the challenges posed by outbreak of COVID-19, the company ensured that its major capital projects continue to proceed without any hindrances.



Bottom Line

While anyone can invest, building a lucrative investment portfolio takes research, patience, and a little bit of risk. If you had invested in NextEra Energy ten years ago, you're probably feeling pretty good about your investment today.

A $1000 investment made in August 2011 would be worth $6,105.43, or a gain of 510.54%, as of August 9, 2021, according to our calculations. This return excludes dividends but includes price appreciation.

Compare this to the S&P 500's rally of 269.90% and gold's return of -2.35% over the same time frame.

Analysts are forecasting more upside for NEE too.

NextEra Energy’s second-quarter earnings beat estimates but revenues missed the same. Well-chalked out $60-billion capital investment plan will strengthen infrastructure and add more clean assets to its portfolio. Despite the pandemic, NextEra Energy through solid execution of organic projects, expansion of natural gas pipelines and acquisitions is on course to achieve long-term growth objectives. It currently has a lot of renewable projects in its backlog. The company has ample liquidity to meet debt obligations. Its shares have outperformed the industry in the past year. However, its nature of business is subject to complex and comprehensive federal, state, as well as other regulations. If the planned nuclear plant outages last longer or an unplanned outage occurs, the company's operations and profitability might be hampered.

Shares have gained 7.49% over the past four weeks and there have been 2 higher earnings estimate revisions for fiscal 2021 compared to none lower. The consensus estimate has moved up as well.
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