OGE Energy Corp.’s OGE fourth-quarter 2018 earnings of 27 cents per share surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 24 cents by 12.5%. However, the reported figure plunged 81.8% from $1.48 registered in the year-ago quarter. The downturn can be attributed to lower earnings from the utility business.
For 2018, the company reported earnings of $2.12 per share, which outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.08 by 1.9%. However, the bottom line declined 31.6% from $3.10 registered in the prior year.
OGE Energy’s operating revenues of $511.8 million rose 2% from the prior-year quarter’s $501.9 million. The upside was primarily driven by year-over-year higher residential, industrial, oilfield and integrated market revenues.
For 2018, the company generated operating revenues of $2.27 billion, which inched up 0.4% from the prior-year figure of $2.26 billion.
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Total sales in the reported quarter amounted to 6.8 million megawatt-hours (MWh), almost in line with 6.7 million MWh in the prior-year quarter. Higher system sales were offset by lower integrated market sales. Meanwhile, the company’s customer count inched up 0.9% to 849,372.
Cost of sales summed $228.9 million compared with $201.1 million in the prior-year quarter.
Total operating expenses rose 4.6% year over year to $224.9 million on account of higher operation and maintenance expenses, depreciation and amortization expenses as well as higher taxes (other than income).
Consequently, operating income decreased 32.3% to $58 million from the year-ago quarter’s $85.7 million.
Interest expenses totaled $37.8 million in the fourth quarter, up from $35.8 million a year ago.
Other Highlights of the Release
OGE Energy reported net income of $425.5 million in 2018, down from the prior-year figure of $619 million.
OG&E: The segment’s net income rose 7.2% to $328 million in 2018, from $306 million in 2017.
Natural Gas Midstream Operations: The segment posted net income of $109 million compared with $324 million in the prior year.
OGE Energy expects its earnings for 2019 to lie in the range of $2.05-$2.20 per share. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2019 earnings is pegged at $2.19, near the high end of the company’s guided range.
OGE 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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