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Xcel Energy (XEL) Q3 Earnings & Revenues Beat Estimates

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Xcel Energy Inc. (XEL - Free Report) posted third-quarter 2020 operating earnings of $1.14 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.08 by 5.6%. The bottom line also improved 12.9% from the year-ago earnings of $1.01 per share.

Customer growth and cost-management efforts boosted Xcel Energy’s performance on a year-over-year basis.

Total Revenues

Xcel Energy’s third-quarter revenues of $3,182 million outpaced the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $3,167 million by 0.5%. Also, the top line improved 5.6% from the prior-year quarter’s $3,013 million. This upside was owing to mainly higher contribution from the electric segment than the prior-year quarter.

Xcel Energy Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Xcel Energy Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Xcel Energy Inc. price-consensus-eps-surprise-chart | Xcel Energy Inc. Quote

Segmental Results

Electric: Revenues rose 6.1% to $2,941 million from $2,771 million in the year-ago quarter.

Natural Gas: Revenues fell 1.4% from the year-ago quarter’s $222 million to $219 million.

Other: Revenues in the segment increased 10% to $22 million from the year-ago quarter’s $20 million.

Quarterly Highlights

Total operating expenses increased 5.1% year over year to $2,369 million, primarily due to higher electric fuel and purchased power expenses.

Operating income in the reported quarter improved 7.3% from the prior-year quarter to $813 million.

Total interest charges and financing costs in the reported quarter rose 9.4% from the prior-year figure to $210 million.

Looking Ahead

Xcel Energy narrowed its 2020 earnings per share (EPS) guidance to $2.75-$2.81 from the range of $2.73-$2.83 per share. Also, the utility provided 2021 EPS guidance in the range of $2.90-$3. The company expects to deliver long-term annual EPS growth of 5-7% based on the 2020 expected figure of $2.78 per share, which represents the mid-point of the current-year guidedrange.

Xcel Energy projects an annual dividend rate hike of 5-7% and targets a payout ratio of 60-70%.

Zacks Rank

Xcel Energy currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Utility Releases

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NEE - Free Report) reported third-quarter 2020 adjusted earnings of $2.66 per share, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.65 by 0.4%.

Edison International (EIX - Free Report) reported third-quarter 2020 adjusted earnings of $1.67 per share, which exceeded the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.44 by 16%.

DTE Energy Company (DTE - Free Report) reported third-quarter 2020 operating EPS of $2.61, which beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $2.06 by 26.7%.

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