NiSource Inc. NI reported fourth-quarter 2016 operating earnings of 33 cents per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 34 cents by 2.9%. In the year-ago quarter, the company had recorded earnings of 31 cents.
On a GAAP basis, NiSource posted earnings of 28 cents per share compared with the year-ago tally of 20 cents.
The difference between GAAP and operating earnings was due to the impact of 5 cents related to one-time non-recurring items.
Full-year operating earnings came in at $1.09, on par with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Yearly earnings grew 16% year over year.
Full-year GAAP earnings came at $1.02, up 62% from 63 cents in the prior-year period.
In the fourth quarter of 2016, NiSource's net revenues of $863.6 million lagged the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,138 million by 24.1%. However, revenues were up 9.5% from $788.5 million reported in the prior-year quarter.
Full-year 2016 net revenues came in at $3,114.7 million, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,240 million by 26.5%. However, yearly revenues grew 3% year over year.
Total operating expenses were $609.7 million, 13% higher primarily due to higher operation and maintenance expenses, and other taxes.
Operating income came in at $253.9 million, up 2%.
Interest expenses were $88 million, down 6.7% from the year-ago figure of $94.3 million.
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As of Dec 31, 2016, NiSource's cash and cash equivalents were $26.4 million, compared with $15.5 million as of Dec 31, 2015.
Long-term debt as of Dec 31, 2016 was $6,058.2 million, up 1.8%.
NiSource's net cash from operating activities (continuing operation) in 2016 was $803.3 million compared with $1,456.8 million in the year-ago period.
NiSource has reaffirmed its 2017 earnings guidance in the range of $1.12–$1.18 per share.
Management expects to spend nearly $1.6–$1.7 billion in 2017 as planned utility infrastructure investments, up from the prior guidance of $1.5 billion.
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American Electric Power Co., Inc. AEP reported fourth-quarter 2016 operating earnings of 67 cents per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 55 cents by 21.8%.
NextEra Energy, Inc. NEE reported fourth-quarter 2016 adjusted earnings of $1.21 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.29 by 6.2%. Reported earnings were, however, up 3.4% year over year.
WEC Energy Group WEC reported fourth-quarter 2016 adjusted earnings of 61 cents per share, a penny below both the Zacks Consensus Estimate and the year-ago figure of 62 cents.
NiSource currently carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
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