Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc. XEL recorded first-quarter 2017 operating earnings of 47 cents per share, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 50 cents by 6%. The earnings were in line with the year-ago quarter.
Despite the impact of unfavorable warmer winter temperatures, the company was able to match the year-ago results due to higher electric and natural gas margins and a lower effective tax rate.
Xcel Energy’s first-quarter revenues of $2,946.4 million surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2,908 million by 1.32% and the prior-year quarter level of $2,772.3 million by 6.3%.
Electric: Segment revenues increased from $2,185.2 million to $2,299.1 million in the reported quarter.
Natural Gas: Quarterly revenues grew 10.6% to $625.7 million.
Other: The segment recorded revenues of $21.6 million in the quarter, up 0.9%.
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Total operating expenses increased 7.8% year over year to $2,460.2 million. Costs increased primarily due to higher electric fuel and purchased power.
Operating income in the reported quarter was down 0.8% year over year to $486.3 million.
Total debt as of Mar 31, 2017 was $15 billion, out of which long-term debt comprised $13.7 billion.
Xcel Energy has reiterated its 2017 operating earnings guidance in the range of $2.25–$2.35 per share.
The company projects a long-term annual earnings growth rate of 4–6%.
Xcel Energy carries a Zacks Rank #4 (Sell).
NextEra Energy, Inc. NEE, a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock, reported first-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of $1.75 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.56 by 12.2%. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
DTE Energy DTE, another Zacks Rank #3 stock, reported first-quarter 2017 earnings of $1.79 per share, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.57 by 14%.
Entergy Corporation ETR, also a Zacks Rank #3 stock, reported first-quarter 2017 operational earnings of 99 cents per share, lagging the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.06 by 6.6%.
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